As passengers cannot be expected to bear the additional burden of cost, nor are they willing to, perhaps oil has to hit $150 and gasoline has to reach $5 a gallon before hydrogen makes a serious contribution to public transportation. For the time being, initiatives such as these need support. Sometimes the cost of progress cannot be measured in dollars and cents.
Peter Ion, MSc, MBA, is a Vancouver-based technical author specializing in science and technology issues. He set up a fuel cell R&D company in the UK with European Commission funding before transferring out to Canada to consult with the organizations active in PEM fuel cell applications in Vancouver. He is published widely in transport-based technology introductions.