Hydrogen Hype Gets a Boost (for a Change)
If you're want to run a bunch– OK 30– hydrogen cars without answering uncomfortable questions about how much energy you used to make the hydrogen inside the hydrogen fuel cells and how much carbon releasing the process involved, where better to plunk your water vapor emitting vehicles than Norway? I mean, these guys are serious about switching to hydrogen– as is the prerogative of a country flooded with petro-dollars harvested from selling the black stuff on the world market. To that end, Auto Spectator
reports reprints a Mazda press release revealing that the Japanese automaker has signed a "memorandum of understanding for collaboration and support in the development of a Hydrogen Economy" with HyNor （Hydrogen Road of Norway）. More prosaically, Mazda's selling them 30 RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicles for their "real life implementation of a hydrogen energy infrastructure" along a route of 580 kilometers from Oslo to Stavanger. HyNor's side of the press release is all about "climate change mitigation," "Hydrogen Society," "carbon neutral infrastructure," "real hydrogen world" (as opposed to?), etc. For its part, Mazda wants the world to know that Norway's RX-8s are the first hydrogen-powered vehicles they've sold outside of Japan. Way to keep your eye on the ball!