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1967 - Secretary of Transportation Alan S. Boyd (right) and Dr. Robert A. Charpie, president of Union Carbide Corporation's Electronics Division

GAS OR GASOLINE FOR TOMORROW'S TRANSPORTATION?

E&MP59.005

Fuel Cells

May 19, 1967

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Gasoline may well give way to "gas" as one of the transportation energy sources of tomorrow if fuel cells such as this hydrogen-oxygen unit fulfill their present promise. Shown discussing the possibility are Secretary of Transportation Alan S. Boyd (right) and Dr. Robert A. Charpie, president of Union Carbide Corporation's Electronics Division. In recent congressional testimony, Dr. Charpie predicted that metropolitan vehicle fleets such as taxis, delivery vans, and buses will be powered with a hybrid system combining fuel cells and rechargeable batteries in the foreseeable future. The electric automobile is still some time away, he feels. According to Dr. Charpie, the hydrogen-oxygen system has the highest theoretical energy density of any known fuel combination, and operates noiselessly with water its only by-product. The fuel cell shown is rated at one kilowatt. The pioneer in fuel cell development, Union Carbide had a commercial hydrogen-oxygen unit on the market as far back as 1954. Although originally intended for stand-by power, the fuel cell is well suited to a variety of other applications.



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