Is the hydrogen fuel celled car the car of the future? In the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed the value of investing money into these new environmentally friendly cars in our #DoNowFuel post. We asked students, Should government funds support the development of hydrogen fuel stations over other green transportation initiatives? Why or why not?

Since the first Earth Day in the 1970s, more attention has been focused on discussing environmental issues and looking for ways to create a greener world. This year’s Earth Day theme is Green Cities. While there are many ways to promote environmentally friendly cities, such as increasing recycling programs, one proposal is to decrease emissions from transportation. Car companies have already advertised hybrid cars and electric vehicles, like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, but now they are providing another option to the traditional gas-fueled car: the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. These cars can go around 200 miles between fill ups, compared to the electric cars which usually go about 80 miles before needing to recharge. California governor Jerry Brown has promised 20 million dollars per year until 2024 to build at least 100 hydrogen fueling stations. However, people wonder if the government should invest in building more fueling stations as it remains unknown how the public will react to the car.

Students debated about how the car will benefit the environment and expressed their concern about the potential risks behind the cars. The majority of the students believed investing in the hydrogen fuel celled vehicle is a good idea, but also argued that the government should wait until the cars are more affordable and in demand.

Good for the environment

Many students argued it’s important to invest in the car to create a greener world.

But do people know about the cars?

Others raised concern about if it would be worth the investment when public interest remains unknown.

More research!

Students also argued that there needs to be more information about the cars.

Don’t forget about other green alternatives

Students said that we should still invest in the energy efficient cars that companies already produce.

It’s too expensive!

Students disputed about the value of investing in the cars if no one can afford them.


Laura Robledo

Laura Robledo studied English at UC Berkeley. When she is not reading, looking up new music, or running half marathons, she loves to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.

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