Hydrogen Cars May Be Decades Away
WASHINGTON — Though the Bush administration has pegged pollution-free, hydrogen-powered cars as the way to curb the nation's addiction to crude oil, the government's top science advisers Wednesday said the vehicles won't be readily available for 25 years.
In 2003, President Bush launched a $1.2 billion initiative to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil by developing hydrogen-powered fuel cells to run cars and trucks, as well as homes and businesses.
The administration wants to have hydrogen cars on the market and available at an affordable price by 2020. However, the report by a panel at the National Academy of Sciences shows that Americans should not hold their breath waiting for the cars to arrive in showrooms.
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