American drivers will have the chance to get a close-up look at the future of fuel-cell motoring when the Hydrogen Road Tour 2008 kicks off a cross-country run that begins on August 11th in Portland, Maine and closes out in Los Angeles, California, on the 23rd of the month. The program, organized as a collective effort by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, the National Hydrogen Association and the California Fuel Cell Partnership, will be making 33 stops in 19 states.
At each point on the tour, the public will have an opportunity to hear various experts speak as well as to test drive any of the 10 hydrogen-fueled vehicles that are being showcased in the program drive. The manufacturer roster for the Hydrogen Road Tour 2008 includes BMW, Daimler, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. While primary emphasis will be on hydrogen technology, including both fuel cells and hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines, the tour also hopes to convince would-be owners that refueling these cars of tomorrow involves no more effort and poses no greater threat than just filling up any conventional vehicle. On August 11th, the tour will be stopping in Billerica, Massachusetts, where hydrogen pioneer Nuvera Fuel Cells will officially open that state's first hydrogen depot as part of the support effort.