Hydrogen Cars Can Be Wave of Future

Miami Auto Show debutes Ford fuel cell Focus and other alternative vehicles.

Published: 16-Jan-2003

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(Columbia) Jan. 15, 2003 - The revolution arrived in Miami recently at the nation's largest gathering of alternative fuel vehicles. The cars ranged from strange, little electric cars to normal cars and trucks also.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has already shifted policy to make it easier to buy alternative fuel cars and difficult to buy gas guzzlers. David Struhs, DEP secretary, says, "The result, Jeff, is that we now have 122 alternative fuel vehicles at the Dept. of Environmental Protection. We figured we're going to put our money where our mouth is."

Toyota already has the hybrid "Prius" for sale, along with Honda's "Insight." Several others are due next year. The increasing number using fuel cell technology is great news for the environment. Tom Sadler, with the National Environment Trust, says, "It is such a wonderful transition technology. To start to ween us off of the petroleum-intensive generation that we do now."

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