The importance of developing hydrogen-fuelled transport for the future has been underlined recently, with the news that many of the worlds leading consumer vehicle manufacturers are turning their attentions to this eco-ethical energy system.
General Motors is one of the latest companies to reveal a change of emphasis, with resources apparently now redirected towards the development of more fuel-efficient cars and alternatives such as hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid-electric vehicles.
In a recently released company podcast, product chief Bob Lutz announced their intentions, $quot;[We have] arranged our priorities on now getting more fuel efficient, [and] spending a lot more money on alternative(s). In an era where everybody is talking about 36-miles-per gallon by 2017 and four per cent [increase] a year after that, something had to give at the other end - we had to prioritise.$quot;
The announcement follows the news that British firm ITM Power Plc has successfully tested a pure hydrogen-fuelled car - the bi-fuel Ford Focus. Japanese innovators Honda have also road-tested their new next-generation FCX Concept fuel cell vehicle in Europe, demonstrated at the Gotland Ring in Sweden with a number of improvements and modifications.
In further hydrogen news, engineered membranes for fuel cells developer PolyFuel is reported to maintain its belief that fuel cell products using its technologies will be available on the market by 2008.
PolyFuel chairman Robert Jecmen is expected to state at the firm's annual general meeting, that the company is now targeting resources towards aiding the commercialisation of fuel cell technology and as a result, is lending its support to leading fuel cell developers.