With the two main Japanese automakers, Toyota and Honda, leading the charge for hydrogen vehicles (along with Korea's Hyundai), we shouldn't be too surprised that the Japanese government is supporting the technology big time. We knew the national government is ready to kick in the equivalent of $20,000 for a new FCV, but now we learn that at least one prefectural government is ready to chip in another substantial sum: $10,000.
The fuel cell boom is coming.
Fuel Cell Black Cabs hit the streets of London for the first time since being deemed road legal by the UK's Vehicle Certification Authority. The project to put a fleet of "zero emissions" taxis on the streets of London in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics is on track, says Intelligent Energy, the fuel cell provider for the Black Cabs. Boris Johnson, mayor of London, called the taxis a "shining example of British ingenuity" and that the road test:
A Virginia company, H2Gen, makes a hydrogen-extraction device that basically (very basically) sucks the hydrogen right out of natural gas (see the graph for a (somewhat) more detailed explanation). An Orlando Chevron station has acquired one of their units and is currently testing the viability of using it for producing hydrogen right at the point of purchase. If the test works out, one more stumbling block, transportation of hydrogen, could be removed in some cases.