Gasoline, diesel, and even biofuels can carry a per gallon federal tax. Federal tax on fuel exceeds oil company profits on fuel. Revenue from fuel tax is a major source of income for the treasury.
Federal money is being spent to develop biofuels rather than hydrogen fuel cells, a cleaner form of energy. Our we losing out on better source of energy because it can't raise the same amount of tax revenue as crude oil?
The U.S. auto industry is in turmoil, it has spent too many years building inefficient vehicles. Which route will give the auto industry its best chance of survival as the gasoline supply starts to dry up: hybrids, natural gas, hydrogen, fuel cells, electric, steam ? Explain your answer.
The reason why I ask this is because the damage from batteries which have been spent and are no longer usable damages the Earth much more than the strait gas engines do. Now the hydrogen fuel cells don't have that pollution, but those kind of batteries aren't what they use.
So all this research that is going into hydrogen fuel cells, hybrid technology, and other alternate energy sources for automobiles, is there any corresponding research for airplanes or trucks, or other such things that require huge amounts of fuel, whether it is jet fuel or diesel fuel?
Which route will give the auto industry its best chance of survival as the gasoline supply starts to dry up: hybrids, natural gas, hydrogen, fuel cells, electricor steam?
What is the energy difference (energy output) in hydrogen burning in a fuel injection (combustion) engine and hydrogen used in producing electricity in hydrogen fuel cells? Gasoline power is stronger.
BMW has made a hydrogen fuel-injection based car, meaning this is not a hydrogen fuel cell, but the same engine used for burning gasoline, but now it burns hydrogen instead. The car is found here.
What I am wondering is, that if hydrogen gas when burned is the same potent as gasoline, then shouldn't a fuel injection engine be more powerful than a fuel-cell electric engine? My particular interest if the two are different energies (battery cell vs. hydrogen combustion). If hydrogen combustion produces more horsepowers, then that extra energy could theoretically make up for the 30-40 percent energy loss in making hydrogen.