Governator conquest of the RNC in NY

On Tuesday Arnold Schwarzenegger will address the 2004 Republican National Convention at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, New York.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is known for many things; hes a superstar that rides around in massive diesel spewing machines, blowing up bad guys. He is also known as the actor that almsot singlehandedly brought the Hummer to life, a vehicle that gets less than 10 mpg and emit’s greenhouse gases by the Hummer-ful.

He is back. In the current world of flip-flops Arnold Schwarzenegger is now the Governor of California attempting to create a system that would rid us of our dependence on oil and create a world we could breath in again.

This time he could be our real-life hero.

Schwarzenegger has embraced the adoption of hydrogen as an alternative to gasoline. According to Schwarzeneggers hydrogen highway, air pollution has caused 1.7 million respiratory attacks and 6,500 deaths. Its a statement of the obvious to say that we could save millions of dollars and lives if we could figure out a way to clean our air.

Californias Hydrogen highway doesnt start with hydrogen. The team that includes fuel cell and vehicle Manufacturers, energy providers and government agencies have created a plan that starts now.

The goals for 2010 for Californias Hydrogen highway are;

  • Hydrogen fueling and electrical generating stations along Californias Interstate highway system
  • Hydrogen production from renewable resources: farm waste, green waste, solar/waste waterThere is no guarantee that all goals will be accomplished by 2010. In assuring that California is doing all it can in the meantime they have set up a near, mid and long term plan;
  • Near term –
    Driver Education
    Encourage alternatives to single occupancy
  • Mid term – conservation
    Improved fuel economy
    Hybrid vehicles
  • Long term – H2 economy
    Hydrogen highway

    There are three Auto industry Advisory Panel;

  • US Auto Gerhard Schmidt, V. P., Ford
  • Asian Auto Ben Knight, V. P., Honda
  • European Auto Christoph Huss, Sr. V. P., BMWHydrogen has gone from Science fiction books, to the reality of space rockets and now into speeches made by automobile manufacturers.

    In a speech to the International Motor Press Association (IMPA) Gerhard Schmidt said, “Production of hydrogen can be sustainable. And the production and use of hydrogen – the most abundant element in the universe – would reduce our dependence on imported oil.”

    “Hydrogen powered internal combustion engines are a good bridge to fuel cells, which are still, by our estimation, still a decade away in terms of mass retail sales. Hydrogen “ICE” engines produce near zero CO2, near zero hydrocarbons, up to a 25 percent increase in fuel efficiency vs. gasoline, leverage existing manufacturing assets, and use familiar technology compared to a fuel cell.”

    “A H2ICE engine is modified to burn hydrogen by increasing the compression ratio, installing hydrogen compatible fuel injectors, modifying the ignition and electrical systems, adding a supercharger or turbocharger, and using a unique control strategy. Hydrogen fuel storage and safety systems are similar to fuel cell vehicles. While other systems are similar to conventional gasoline-powered vehicles.”

    “Fuel cells are the ultimate long-term solution — the ideal and sustainable propulsion system of the future.”

    “We already have more than 25 fuel cell vehicles on the road – most in Detroit, a couple in Sacramento, undergoing testing. The Ford Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle takes a regular Ford Focus 4-door and adds a Ballard Mark 902 fuel cell stack, a regenerative braking system and a 5000 psi hydrogen storage system. It produces no emissions except for water, and a little heat.”

    “Ford supports California Governor Schwarzeneggers Hydrogen Highway Network initiative – to set up a network of more than 200 fueling stations across the state. ”

    If hydrogen is to become a part of the mainstream by 2010 more needs to be done to educate the public about hydrogen.

  • By | 2017-03-22T08:08:21+00:00 August 6th, 2004|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Automobiles and Energy, Fuel cells, Hydrogen, Podcasts, Technology|0 Comments

    About the Author:

    Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and the Concept Car of the Year, and former member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year #NACTOY. She is a guest contributor for Via Corsa magazine and Vicarious magazine.

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