Hydrogen-powered Car Given Financial Push

'Future Fuel' proposal seen as way to free America for oil dependence.

Published: 30-Jan-2003

> With his vision that "the first car driven by a child born today" should be powered by hydrogen, President George W. Bush has helped propel the idea of fuel cell-powered vehicles from the realm of science fiction towards commercial reality.

But he has added an intriguing new dimension: the possibility that America on wheels could be freed from its dependence on foreign sources of oil if most of the vehicles US drivers used were hydrogen-fuelled rather than gasoline-fuelled. Both ideas, however, are still a long way off fruition.

Carmakers have laboured since the 1990s with the concept of fuel cell engines as a way of reducing the air-polluting emissions produced by the internal combustion engine.

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