Massachusetts Gets Hy

David C. Holzman
by David C. Holzman
massachusetts gets hy

If you live in Massachusetts, and you're among the roughly one in a million Americans that drives a hydrogen-powered car, you can refuel it without crossing state lines. The The Lowell Sun reports that PowerTap in Billerica, near Boston, is now open for biz, courtesy of Nuvera Fuel Cells. The hydrogen station opened just in time to replenish a parade of H-powered cars on a 13-day cross-country cavalcade from Portland, Maine to LA. The cross-country parade included a Honda Clarity, VW Tiguan, Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle, Nissan X-Trail, Merc S-Cell and BMW H7. Speaking to your intrepid reporter, the Director of Technology and Communications for the National Hydrogen Association revealed that these and other H-powered vehicles can fill-up at 62 stations nationwide (25 in California, 'natch). Serfass also proudly pointed out that the hydrogen provided by these stations is produced entirely via renewable energy or natural gas, although he doesn't know what percentage comes from which source.

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  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on Aug 14, 2008
    now they tell me Just got a call from Danielle Andre of Nuvera. The "station" is really just for Nuvera's use and occasionally "events" such as this parade of H cars. If an H car suddenly landed in my lap, I could call them and see if they might be willing to refuel me, but no guarantees. This is not a public refueling station. Which leads me to wonder about the other 61 H refueling stations.

  • Lynn Ellsworth Lynn Ellsworth on Aug 14, 2008

    Maybe hydrogen is a good idea for auto fuel and maybe it isn't but to make dumb jokes because H vehicles don't instantly have all 87 flavors that GM produces and will take a while to have a station on every corner and don't yet make as much noise and heat as your Dodge Ram just indicates you are afraid of the future. When gasoline cars first came out people had to visit hardware stores to buy gas, put it into jars, and carry it out to their cars. Please don't forget that we animals still breath air and even if there are 1,000 years of oil still available maybe we shouldn't be burning it. Let's welcome new ideas and see what works.

  • Capeplates Capeplates on Aug 15, 2008

    Some of these comments are a real GAS

  • Akitadog Akitadog on Aug 15, 2008

    Hey, I know this Mr. Serfass! I went to school with his eldest son and we were in the same Boy Scout troop. When I last ran into his son, I found out that he was working for his Dad. I guess they're some kind of hydrogen lobby org.