The US will roll out a new electric fuel-cell vehicle technology by 2025, a move aimed at cutting carbon emissions while increasing energy efficiency.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to accelerate the rollout of a new advanced, clean-burning fuel cell technology, called e1 mechanism.
The agency said it would deploy its new advanced fuel- cell technology for the first time next year.
The new fuel cell will use advanced catalysts and can be manufactured in the US for $20.5 billion, a major step forward in the technology’s development.
The EPA said it will test its e1 technology at the World Energy Conference in 2019, and a full-scale deployment will begin next year, at a cost of about $100 billion.
“The EPA will deploy a $20 million research and development demonstration of a $10 billion, cost-effective fuel cell electric vehicle with zero emissions by 2025,” the EPA said in a statement.
The agency said the new fuel-cells are expected to reduce emissions by 50 percent to 75 percent.””
The program will be funded through the Clean Energy Act, which provides $1.5 trillion in funding to help states transition to cleaner energy sources, reduce CO2 emissions, and spur economic development.”
The agency said the new fuel-cells are expected to reduce emissions by 50 percent to 75 percent.
“We are committed to building upon the momentum of the EV revolution and advancing our fuel-car technology to meet our climate and energy needs,” the agency said.
The agency is not the first to make such a big push into electric vehicle technology.
In 2014, it began testing a fuel-coupled vehicle with a range of 400 miles (640 kilometers) on public roads in California.
The $20B investment is expected only to grow, the agency added.
The fuel-Cell One is a low-emissions, high-efficiency hybrid electric vehicle, and has been hailed as the most innovative fuel cell yet.
The car, which is expected by 2021, will be priced around $10,000 and can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour (105 km/h).