"In any event, this is going to be interesting to watch. I have been more and more impressed with how China is embracing the future. They are bold and unafraid to try (and invest heavily) new things. And US? We shall see."
I suppose many looked at the title to this article and are confused. I don't blame them. But get used to these terms. You are going to hear more and more about them in the very near future. Wait a minute Bird! You are the one who told us to get ready for this BIG electric car revolution in America! Are you back sliding? Nope. I am just going to tell you there is more on the horizon than the EV (Electric Vehicle).
I recently read on a tech blog that China, besides developing their own electric car, is also working on a FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle). Even though fuel cell technology is still fraught with problems, the Chinese are committed to solving them. Some refer to whoever can make the FCEV viable will have found the "golden bullet" in transportation. Not the "silver bullet", but the "golden bullet".
Fuel cell technology has been around for years. It has fascinated scientists. Why? Hydrogen, comes from an inexhaustible supply. And - it is as clean as a whistle. The current drawback with harvesting hydrogen, is in the process required to separate it from water. That still takes fossil fuels to power that process. And because hydrogen is very powerful (powerful enough to be used in rocket ships), it can be volatile.
That these do not deter the Chinese. They still believe it can be done, and done by the year (get ready) - 2025. But hold on. Is that the end of the rainbow with new automotive technology? Maybe not. Whereas the FCEV is an improvement over the EV (no battery required), the FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) would just use pure on-board hydrogen, mixed with outside oxygen, for power. The Chinese are already working on developing hydrogen pumping stations, where one can fill up with pure hydrogen.
But (and this is where the rumor mill kicks in), I also heard on a YouTube sight someone has developed a technology which would fit under the hood of a car. This item will separate the hydrogen out of ordinary water while driving. If that is true, your morning fill up would be the garden hose instead of a gas station, electric charging station, or a hydrogen pumping station.
Every time I address the impending demise of the gasoline engine, some of my more conservative friends want to take me out and have me drug tested. I will say one more time - I love my gas guzzling truck as much as anyone else loves theirs. But the future (maybe the very near future), has trucks like mine going "bye-bye".
In any event, this is going to be interesting to watch. I have been more and more impressed with how China is embracing the future. They are bold and unafraid to try (and invest heavily) new things. And US? We shall see.