Ford's modified hydrogen fuel cell Fusion 999 has indeed hit 200 mph,breaking the record for land-based fuel cell vehicles. The question, really, is what good will it do us. I mean, I suppose it would be nice if we could transfer NASCAR over to hydrogen, but no normal person needs a car that goes 200 mph using gasoline. So what's the point?
Well, herein lies the unfortunate side of this otherwise exciting story. We're proving fuel cell technology. Cars are going faster with cheaper components and it's all very exciting. But what good will it do us if we have no carbon-neutral way of generating hydrogen, we start running out of platinum for catalysts and there's no system for implementing hydrogen distribution.
I'm willing to accept that my concerns might be unfounded. Our energy future is in the dark, and I hope that a component of that future will be hydrogen.
Going really fast is great, but one has to wonder if Ford is going really fast in the wrong direction.
-Ford Fusion 999-
-Ford AirStream, A Hyrdogen Hybrid-
written by crash course, August 18, 2007
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