My Portland friend John Gartner reports in his Wired Autopia Blog on the released Roadmap on Manufacturing R&D for the Hydrogen Economy. Based on this roadmap, inital market penetration is planned for 2010, commercial availability in 2015. Honda is planning production of their fuel cell FSX car in 2010. I guess it´s time to check on plans of German car makers again.
Autopia: “Of course the inside joke is that fuel cell cars are always 20 years away, no matter when you ask the question. In 1999, GM promised fuel cell vehicles would be available by 2004, which according to my calendar already came and went. “