Norway’s Hydrogen Highway Open For Drivers

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A brand new stretch of highway from Norway’s Oslo to the North Sea has officially opened in conjunction with a 3 day endurance hydrogen car rally.Hydrogen Highway Norway

A brand new stretch of highway from Norway’s Oslo to the North Sea has officially opened in conjunction with a 3 day endurance hydrogen car rally. The 348 mile (500 km) “Hydrogen Highway” is going to be a huge factor in the number of Norwegians driving hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, as fueling stations owned by StatoilHydro have been placed along the road. Compared to traditional fuels, hydrogen still costs about the same, but the environmental benefits definitely make driving a fuel-cell vehicle a smarter choice – especially because the hydrogen is produced in a clean way in hydropower plants.

Another positive result of the cars being on the road is the lack of speed enforcement that will be needed, as most hydrogen cars top out at around 62 mph (or around 100 km). It will be interesting to see if the creation of the highway really boosts the sales of hydrogen vehicles, and if so, if the trend will be seen in North America. Although for now, it doesn’t seem very likely.

Photo credit: H2Logic

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