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Hydrogen Vehicles



Hydrogen is a very attractive transportation fuel in two important ways: it is the least polluting fuel that can be used in an internal combustion engine, and it is potentially available anywhere there is water and a clean source of power. The prospect of a clean, widely available transportation fuel has motivated much of the research on hydrogen fuels.

Serious work on hydrogen vehicles began in the 1930s, when Rudolph Erren converted over 1000 vehicles to hydrogen and hydrogen/gasoline operation in England and Germany. However, interest in the fuel waned after World War II. The resurgence of research and experimental activity came in the late 1960s and early 1970s as Japan, West Germany, and the United States began programs in Europe, Canada, the Soviet Union, Japan, and the United States. This paper addresses the use of hydrogen in highway vehicles.
Published inĀ Alternative Transportation Fuels; An Environmental and Energy Solution ed. Daniel Sperling, Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 1989, Quorum Books.