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E. Researchers Get the Green Light to Test Drive a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

Narrator: This is Science Today. The Daimler-Chrysler Corporation has handed researchers at the University of California , Berkeley the keys to the F-Cell, their limited production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Tim Lipman, a research engineer at UC Berkeley's California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways, or PATH, is co-manager of the two-year project, which will study the vehicles' use in real-world conditions.

Lipman: I've been studying these fuel cell vehicles for about twelve years now and I really am amazed at technical progress that Diamler-Chrysler and some other companies have made over that period.

Narrator: Hydrogen cars are being explored nationally as an environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline powered vehicles.

Lipman: If you really want to find a fuel that will dramatically cut carbon emissions in the long term and that can also be produced domestically and that also addresses air pollution, I really don't think there's a better option than hydrogen at this point. There are some key technical and economic hurdles, but there's no more promising alternative out there than this hydrogen technology.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.