CalCars.org on battery costs
In a staggering lapse of judgment, the National Research Council let its panel of hydrogen advocates publish a deeply flawed report trashing plug-in hybrids late last year, as I noted in Part 1. The obvious perception of bias, which the media largely failed to report, should have rung many alarm bells for the NRC.
That overview post focused on some of the apparent conflicts of interest of the panel, including the fact that the chair is Michael Ramage, retired Executive VP for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, who is apparently still an ExxonMobil advisor. It excerpted a few short critiques of the report and gave a brief intro to the myriad miracles required to make hydrogen fuel cell cars viable and practical as a mass-market consumer vehicle and cost-effective climate solution. In Part 3, I will expand on the hype about hydrogen cars. First, however, Felix Kramer of CalCars now has a detailed debunking up, with a focus on the crucial issue of battery costs, which I’ll excerpt at length below as a guest post: