DoE Has Slight Change of Heart


Green Car Reports - March 22, 2013

When is the last time you remem­ber the Depart­ment of Energy mak­ing a rever­sal in a stand on any­thing, let along its fund­ing practices?

Find out what energy source gains from their change of heart.

Four years ago, then-Energy Sec­re­tary Steven Chu was widely known as a skep­tic about hydro­gen fuel-cell vehicles.

Last sum­mer, he appeared to relent — and now the DoE has said it will launch a cam­paign to pro­mote hydro­gen fueled cars, ten­ta­tively deemed H2USA.

One of the initiative’s tasks will be to advo­cate for fund­ing and con­struc­tion of the hydro­gen refu­el­ing sta­tions that will be needed if Toy­ota, Honda, and Hyundai bring hydro­gen vehi­cles to mar­ket in 2015 or there­after, as they have said they will.

Those automak­ers feel that hydrogen-fueled cars are still impor­tant as one way to travel with zero emis­sions with­out the range anx­i­ety of most battery-electric vehi­cles today.

Not every global car­maker agrees; Volk­swa­gen CEO Mar­tin Win­terkorn said hydro­gen cars are unvi­able as a future tech­nol­ogy just two weeks ago.