Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Ready By 2015?

Car manufacturers acknowledge that the concept won't take off unless such problems can be conquered. Filling stations will also have to be built. But they believe that cars fueled by hydrogen could hit the road sometime between 2015 and 2020.

Published: 14-Jul-2006

Kevin Eslinger, a graduate student at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, points to one of the projects the university is studying: a Toyota SUV that runs on a hybrid electric/hydrogen engine. "We drove this past 100 miles per hour," Eslinger said. And it accelerates as well as a standard gas car, he added.

The car, along with an electric/hydrogen Ford Focus, is on display at Semicon West, a chip equipment technology conference taking place here this week.

Hydrogen fuel cells and other energy technologies are making their mark at Semicon, as the semiconductor and chip equipment industries try to more aggressively expand into solar panels and transportation. These companies specialize in laying down intricate chemical patterns onto films and surfaces, which is also a principal task in making solar panels and alternative energy engines.

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