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Oahu island on Hawaii with Hydrogen fueled cars from GM

Suddenly Hawaii becomes very popular and important state in the new emerging transportation technologies. After the Korea based CT&T Co. announced that is going to build an electric vehicles factory in the US state of Hawaii, now GM and the Gas Company announced a plan to bring hydrogen vehicles on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Gas Company is Hawaiian based company which makes a synthetic natural gas from the refinery’s petroleum leftovers. Recently they also started to make natural gas from plant oils and animal fat. In this moment Gas Company is producing hydrogen which can provide energy as 7.000 gallons of petroleum but easily can be doubled said Jess Kissel, chief executive officer of the Gas Company.

hydrogen hawaii fuel cell cars

The plan is to build a network of hydrogen gas stations or hydrogen dispensers. This hydrogen stations are going to be placed on couple of dozen places so the future driver or owner of the hydrogen cell car on the island of Oahu can find one within ten minutes of driving. Islands are very good places for installing such a network and can be a demonstrator for the future emerging hydrogen transportation network but also for the hydrogen economy which major automotive companies are developing almost two decades. For example Oahu is only 40 miles long and 30 miles wide which mean it is not going to need more than 25 hydrogen dispenser stations. One of the biggest problems is the price of the hydrogen dispenser station. At the moment one can cost as much as 2 million of US dollars. If price does not drop by 75% the whole project can easily be canceled because there is no way for the commercialization of the project with these price tags.

hydrogen hawaii fuel cell cars

hydrogen hawaii fuel cell cars


GM has a plan to start to produce commercial hydrogen cars by 2015. In this race a hydrogen car from Toyota is at the first place, because Toyota has a plan to develop the first commercial hydrogen car and sell below $50.000. At the moment the hydrogen cars have a problem with a hydrogen stations because there are none in the world so the new infrastructure needs to be made for them. From the other side an electric vehicles and hybrids do not have that problem because can use regular gas stations and house electric grid to power the cars.

hydrogen hawaii fuel cell cars

At the moment for their transportation needs Hawaii citizens use imported gasoline which they are looking to replace with some other energy option. The hydrogen powered and electric vehicles are excellent alternative. Hydrogen vehicles are one of the options because the hydrogen can be produced domestically. The electric vehicles are also a great option because on this small islands one of the electric vehicles – a small autonomy is not a problem. Hawaiian officials hope to replace gasoline with other clean options by 70% within next 30 years.

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