Palm Desert, Calif. �The future of hydrogen as a transportation fuel is uncertain and a business decision on its viability should not be made until 2015 according to a panel comprised of large companies and the federal government. Speaking at a Hydrogen Conference organized by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Steve Chalk, manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) hydrogen program said his agency believes that additional research, analysis, and testing is needed until it's clear if hydrogen could be technically and economically feasible for use as a transportation fuel. The department estimates that it won't have enough evidence until 2015 to determine if the technical and economic barriers can be addressed and a satisfactory business case can be made for hydrogen. The members of the panel, including representatives from Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChyrsler, ChevronTexaco, and Air Products and Chemicals concurred with the time frame and methodology approved by the DOE.
With the profits that big oil is making NOW on crude, they could easily afford a new hydrogen infrastructure, even if gov't. nedds to throw some MORE incentives their way. WE can have hydrogen within a decade on the road...imho