Rare is the moment when companies put competing tactics aside to focus on the greater good of their industry. Thankfully, Daimler AG, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and Ford Motor Co. have done just that. The three automotive monoliths have pledged a joint investment in commercialized hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
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Now, it's important to stress these are automotive companies. They specialize in the vehicles; the existing infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cells is sorely lacking in the United States. Stations that can supply and "refuel" fuel cell vehicles are pretty scant....ten, total, according to the US Department of Energy.
Make no mistake about it, however: this is a watershed moment for the auto landscape of the future. Roads, Interstates, Rest Stops, fueling stations around not just the US but the entire globe will change. Major companies who own the tech want to supply it, and the green-minded consumer community demand it. This may be a first step, but it is a giant one.
Donal Thoms-Cappello is a freelance writer for Rotor Clip Company.