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Political issues involving hydrogen are discussed including the stance of leading politicians on the issue.

Hydrail’s “Golden Spike” moment: Berlin, 2016

by guest blogger, Stan Thompson Hydrail is the term of art for electrifying railways wirelessly by storing electrical energy onboard as hydrogen and reconverting it, via fuel cells, as needed to power electric traction motors. In Berlin, Germany, around noon on September 20, 2016, hydrail had its moment in history, reminiscent of May …

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Japan Offering $20,000 Subsidies for FCVs

As both Toyota and Honda are readying to rollout fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in 2015, the Japanese government has announced rebates of $20,000 USD per car. So, for instance, a Toyota Mirai with a sticker price of $68,000 USD would actually cost around $48,000 USD in Japan. According to the …

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Japan Says All Ministries Must Use Fuel Cell Vehicles

On Friday, 07/25/2014, in Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga had stated that all official vehicles at the various ministries must be fuel cell vehicles. The government is also discussing subsidies to help promote the introduction of commercial fuel cell vehicles in that country. According to 4-Traders, “Toyota Motor Corp. …

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China: Choosing hydrail?

by Guest Blogger Stan Thompson A version of this post originally appeared January 12, 2014, in my Mooresville [NC] Tribune newspaper column. Last month, when China’s Jade Rabbit lunar explorer touched down on the moon, it may have given the world a hint about that country’s railroad vision. As the pundits observed, …

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H2USA Signals about Face for Obama on Hydrogen Cars

I’ve talked many times about the Obama White House’s less than enthusiastic stance on hydrogen cars, putting money behind battery electric vehicles instead. And I’ve even talked in recent months how the President is warming up and evolving on the idea of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as a long range, …

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White House Petition for More Funding for Hydrogen Cars

Gregory B. recently placed a link on the Hydrogen Cars Now Facebook page to a Whitehouse.gov petition web page. The petition asks President Obama’s administration to set aside more funding for hydrogen fueled vehicles. Here is the full text of the petition: we petition the obama administration to: Put more …

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California Governor Issues Executive Order for Fuel Cell Cars

California Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order (B-16-2012) for growing the market for zero emission vehicles (ZEV) including hydrogen fuel cell cars and other vehicles. The ZEV’s included in the executive order are hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The target is …

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Two Car Magazines Say Obama May Accept Hydrogen Cars

Just two days after the national election, two car magazines are pondering the possibilities that second-term President Obama will be friendly to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles this time around. Largely because of the cool attitude of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, the President hadn’t warmed up to fuel cells in the …

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