DETROIT – A panel discussion at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers Congress & Exposition here was not optimistic about near-term prospects for fuel cell-powered passenger vehicles. Without reservation, Raymond Gorte, from the University of Pennsylvania, saw a good future for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) in stationary power generation, but in his view, that is the extent of possible near-term fuel-cell applications. He stated flatly, "Fuel cell vehicles are not necessarily ...

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