Hydrogen Pathways Program
Kurani, Kenneth S., Thomas S. Turrentine, Reid R. Heffner, Christopher Congleton (2003) Prospecting the Future For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Markets. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-03-09
- 1. What is the history and future of mobility?
- 2. Within this future, why would anyone buy a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle?
Based on this theory and history of infrastructure development, and particularly on the nascent integration of these infrastructures, we propose that the next supporting infrastructure built by modern societies will be a system that fully integrates automobility, electricity, and information. This will be accomplished, in part, by the transformation of automobiles from their current design and role as primarily mobility tools. In a technological sense, automobiles will become integrated information-mobility-electricity platforms; in a behavioral sense, they will become mobile activity locales. One of the behavioral and technological integrations is mobile electricity, the integration of electric-drive, energy storage and delivery, and mobility technologies such that it is possible for the vehicle to deliver electricity for non-propulsion uses wherever it is, whether it is stationary or mobile.
Based on all this, we argue that in the future, FCVs will gain competitive advantage in the market if hydrogen and fuel cells are the best energy carriers and converters to power integrated information-mobility-electricity platforms. FCVs may also be afforded further competitive advantage by policies that are both sensitive to automobiles new role as mobile activity locales and create socially sanctioned rewards for progress toward the collective benefits which are the real goals of a transition to hydrogen.