Fuel Cells 2000 Salutes Fuel Cell Support

Fuel Cells 2000 Salutes Fuel Cell Support

When your job is to educate policymakers, the press and the general public about the potential benefits of fuel cells, hearing announcements like the recent one from Freedom Cooperative Automotive Research (CAR) program makes things a little easier.

The new government-industry partnership, involving DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), "will further the president's national energy policy, which calls for increased research in hydrogen technology to diversify and enhance America's energy security," says the Energy Department.

The Freedom CAR program will focus on renewable energy technologies such as fuel cells and hydrogen generation, replacing the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, which had pushed industry development of higher-efficiency family-sized cars.

"Fuel Cells 2000 is extremely excited about the Bush administration's support of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles," says Jennifer Gangi, manager, Fuel Cells 2000. "With the government's backing, it will help accelerate fuel cell commercialization. The key tests of this new program will be the level of support, the financial commitment and the actual pace of the program."

CAR replaces the Clinton administration's program "Partnership for a New Generation Vehicle" that sought to develop a vehicle that could attain 80 miles per gallon fuel efficiency.

Fuel Cells 2000 is a non-profit, educational activity that seeks to promote the development, demonstration and commercialization of fuel cell technology.