Fuel-cell development, industry interest, declining costs and increasing regulations make the prospects for a hydrogen-fuelled future brighter than ever. Bob Gritzinger reports.
More than a decade ago, hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicles were seen as the proverbial light at the end of the automotive powertrain tunnel, a remedy for the flaws of the internal-combustion engine, a certain way to meet tough emissions standards and a pathway to a non-fossil-fuel future.
Proponents were many, including automakers, suppliers, government agencies and a variety of public-private partnerships touting the notion fuel cells soon would begin to replace ICEs [internal combustion engines].
Today, automakers have a dozen projects in various stages of development, including several vehicle-leasing pilot programs poised to commercialize FCVs as soon as the hydrogen infrastructure is capable of supporting them, if not sooner. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.
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