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Report Lauds Initial Gains of FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership
A new report from the National Research Council (NRC), part of the National Academies, finds that DOE's three-year-old FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership "has already made an excellent start." The partnership is a research collaboration among DOE, the "Big Three" automakers, and five major energy companies, with a goal of developing emissions-free vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel cells. The report, released on August 2nd, notes that the partnership faces significant technical challenges, including hydrogen storage in vehicles, commercially viable fuel cells, and the need to build an infrastructure for hydrogen fueling. See the National Academies press release and the full report.
Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman welcomed the report, saying, "I am pleased that the National Academy of Sciences agrees that we are on the right path with our research and development. We agree that this effort could lead to enormous benefits for the nation and the world." See the DOE press release.