Fate of Hydrogen Cars Seen Helped by Bush Plan

Investment in hydrogen infrastructure could cost $100-$600 billion, but without the investment fuel cell vehicles won't be built.

Published: 15-Feb-2002

NEW YORK, Feb 14 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's new plan to boost the use of hydrogen fuel cell cars is a small step toward investing billions and making the huge societal change from gasoline stations to hydrogen stations, a leading fuel cell developer said on Thursday.

The Bush plan announced last month, the Freedom CAR (Cooperative Automotive Research) program, has been criticized for not yet creating solid spending or performance goals, but proponents say it does include plans to start building an infrastructure of hydrogen filling stations, which many see as a big hurdle.

"Most importantly Freedom CAR includes the infrastructure system," said Robert Stempel, formerly the chief executive at General Motors and now Chairman and Executive Director of Energy Conversion Devices , a fuel cell developer.

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