Reality means everything...
I checked out the "switch2hydrogen" website and was not impressed. They are basically touting a very expensive way of producing small quantities of H2 by solar powered electrolysis. The website is "under construction" but apparently hasn't been updated since 2005. There were a few "car conversion kits" listed for $7,000 to $10,000, small storage tanks for $1,700 to $2,200 each, and several components with price "TBD". These were listed as "not available", the only items actually for sale was a solar panel, a plastic fuel line, and a T shirt. They had a convenient excuse for not selling anything else, with a bogus claim that the CPSC had banned the sale of materials they needed to make these items. There is a big plea for donations - hey, it's easier to just ask the dupes to send you money than to actually do hard work and produce something.
The proposed storage tanks use metal hydrides, and apparently are $8,800 of the $10,000 conversion kit cost - and that only gets 100 mile driving range on H2. (the cheaper version gets only 75 miles)
I never proposed that all existing cars be converted to electrics, much better to use Butanol and Biodiesel for older cars - no special conversions needed at all! Battery electrics are for the future - far more efficient than "H2 IC engines", cheaper and more efficient than H2 fuel cells.
Yes, batteries wear out, but so do IC engines and transmissions, and even electrolysis units. It's good that all of them can potentially be recycled. Compared to batteries, IC engines are far less "environmentally safe" - they consume oxygen and emit various toxic pollutants all the time they are operating, and contain ptentially hazardous motor oil and large quantities of toxic antifreeze for coolant. Properly maintained, batteries emit no pollutants, and properly recycled present little environmental risk.
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