Reader Question: Why I Never Mention?

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply:

Sam asks (briefly): Why don’t you ever mention hydrogen-powered cars?

My reply: I have mentioned them (briefly). Chiefly because they are currently not generally available – and extremely expensive.  Interesting technology, but (like the gas turbine engined cars of the ’50s and ’60s) can it be made practical and commercially viable?

I have no idea. Maybe.

I deal with what is – and what I know.

And here’s what I know:

Right now, there is nothing more versatile/practical/cost-effective than a gas or diesel-powered car. Thus, there is no need for a car powered by some other method. Which is why EVs and other methods have to be forced onto the market. There is no natural market for an inferior product. (I keep trying to explain this basic principle of economics to Pat Clover.)

If EVs – or hydrogen powered cars – can be designed which offer superior versatility/practicality at lower cost then there will be something to mention.

But not before!

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  1. eric, I read an article a couple weeks ago in New Atlas of a new method that should make the production of hydrogen much cheaper…..using water and electricity. I believe it’s possible to use that same technology to produce helium also which is very expensive to produce.


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