Government and Automakers to Back Fuel Cell Vehicles

January 20, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

The US government has agreed to a program with major automakers General Motors Corp. (Detroit, MI), Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, MI) and DaimlerChrysler AG (Auburn Hills, MI) to promote the development of hydrogen as an alternate fuel for cars and trucks, as part of efforts to reduce American dependence on foreign oil.

Under the "Freedom Car" program, the government will fund research into fuel cells. The Freedom Car program will replace the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles program, a multibillion-dollar research effort between automakers and the US government.