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The U.S. Department of Energy under President Obama hasn't been kind to hydrogen vehicles in 2009. In early May, the DOE eliminated funding for research into H2-powered vehicles. Since then, the hydrogen vehicle industry has taken stock of the situation, promoted itself and is now ready to fight back. Support is coming from, unsurprisingly, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which is going to bat for hydrogen cars in a big way. CARB Chairman Mary Nichols has spoken with the DOE's Steven Chu about reinstating the funds and wants involved players to continue the "dialog and investigation," according to Green Car Congress. An important part of the debate is what Chu called the "Four Miracles" that need to be overcome before hydrogen cars are viable. Big advances need to be made in:
  • fuel cell durability/cost
  • hydrogen production
  • hydrogen storage
  • hydrogen infrastructure
Nichols' response is that any alternative to gasoline has hurdles to overcome, so no options should be taken off the table quite yet. Heard that before? More details available over at Green Car Congress.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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