Toyota made a major announcement today: It will stop focusing on pure electric vehicles, and begin focusing its attention on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. This is huge.
Do you know that here on the Big Island we throw away ("curtail") tons of electricity from geothermal and wind every night? We can turn this energy into hydrogen fuel cells, for transportation, and this can help us solve our transportation fuel problem.
Solar energy projects do not provide curtailed electricity. We need to think about the big picture and be careful about running like lemmings after solar.
Hydrogen fuel cell for transportation is a very good opportunity for the Big Island to use its curtailed electricity. It's a free resource that already exists; currently, we are just throwing it away.
"Toyota will forgo further development in pure electric vehicles in search of what it sees as more promising alternative fuel vehicles.
The automaker will focus on the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles according to Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz...."