Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Fuel cells are coming

EDITOR: Listening to the naysayers talking down hydrogen fuel cell cars is like listening to the boys down at the livery stable in 1900 griping about the new horseless carriages that just came out. And there weren’t any gas stations then, either.

Face up to it. The fuel cell is here, it works, and it’s going to stay. Daimler, Chrysler, BMW, Honda, Toyota, and all the big auto makers are going in for this technology, and no amount of nitpicking is going to stop it.

General Motors has made a fuel cell car called the Chevrolet Sequel, with several on the road right now, and will be manufacturing thousands more. And they’re not the only ones. European and Asian manufacturers can hardly wait to get at the American market. Even Boeing is working on a fuel cell airplane. For once, let’s see if we can be first.

As to the solar, when we finally wake up, all households will have solar cell roofs with more than enough power to charge up several fuel cells in the garage and run the house, too. Fuel cells are better than batteries; they store electricity, but they don’t wear out. Fixed fuel cells can easily charge up a car fuel cell for the next days, or nights, work.

So take an even strain. It’s going to happen.

NORD WHITED

Placerville

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