California's Hydrogen Foray Gets Foothold

Billions are at stake as Schwarzenegger's cleaner-fuel drive takes its first steps.

Published: 16-Mar-2004

The artery of fuel stations known as the hydrogen highway that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicts will take California motorists to the environmental future is already taking shape.

Twenty-one of the 200 stations are scheduled to be in operation by year's end. With the public sector pledging to pick up most of the $100 million cost, meeting the governor's 2010 target date will be the easy part.

Much more difficult than building stations at 20-mile intervals along California's interstate highways will be providing consumers with hydrogen-powered vehicles and fuel at prices they can afford.

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