Automotive attention turns to hydrogen future


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.

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