For those who have seen the movie, “Who Killed the Electric Car” you’ll know that hydrogen cars have been identified as guilty suspects in the demise of the electric vehicle (EV). I had blogged about the movie last July.
Other suspects include government regulators, the automakers, the oil companies, battery manufacturers and the consumers. But, is the electric car really dead and if not, what is the impact of this on hydrogen cars?
According to Phoenix Motors in Ontario, California they have an all electric sport utility truck (SUT) with all the specs to compete directly with both the gasoline-powered cars of today and the hydrogen cars of the tomorrow.
For instance, by the end of 2007, the Phoenix electric SUT will have a range of 250 miles, a recharging time of 10 minutes, be able to achieve 95 mph and go 0 – 60 in 10 seconds. The car also meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification as a zero emission vehicle.
So, to turn the movie around a bit, with the introduction of a competitive electric vehicle to the marketplace, one day we all may be asking, “Who Killed the Hydrogen Car?” Then agai,n perhaps some good old fashion head-to-head competition will spur both industries to greater heights.