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Washington Auto Show will focus on new technology

December 28th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

The Washington Auto Show, which event officials say houses more green cars than any major U.S. auto show, will redouble its efforts in 2010 with a 65,000-square foot display known as the “Advanced Technology SuperHighway” to showcase new technologies.

“We are, literally, putting innovation front and center,” Charles Stringfellow, CEO of Brown’s Automotive and chairman of the 2010 Washington Auto Show, said in a statement. “The concept of the SuperHighway is to provide a central meeting place for policy makers, industry officials, consumers and the media to survey the tremendous advances in the industry.”

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Hydrogen fuel cell cars: clean, green and not quite ready for retail

October 22nd, 2008

By Clint Williams

Jennifer Drukker expected people would stare at her new car. What she didn’t expect was this: “I was at the first stop light after I’d driven off with the car. It was literally the first time I came to a stop after driving off with the car,” she recalls. “The driver of the car next to me rolls down the windows and starts shouting questions.”

If it seems an extreme response to a Chevrolet Equinox, a fairly mainstream SUV, consider that the paint job includes the word “fuel cell” on the sides.

Fuel cell vehicles that turn abundant hydrogen into electricity are one promising alternative to gasoline-burning, toxic-fume-spewing internal-combustion engines. Widespread availability of such cars – which emit water vapor instead of greenhouse gases and stuff that’s flat out unhealthy – is years in the future.

But for Jennifer Drukker, Jamie Lee Curtis (yes, that one) and a handful of other drivers, the future is now.

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