TO THE EDITOR:
Anyone can spin research to their advantage to gain market acceptance ("VW CEO says fuel cell cars 'not the answer' to emissions-free mobility," autonews.com, May 20). There's no logic in the conclusion that batteries are better than water. If hydrogen fuel cells could produce sufficient energy to power aircraft flight in the early 1960s, they can certainly power vehicles today.
The byproduct is water — imagine that, a nontoxic, climate-friendly solution. Batteries, on the other hand, are toxic and a huge danger to our environment, and we have yet to understand the negative medical impact to humans. Everyone is flocking to make better batteries when the simpler answer is to package safe hydrogen fuel cells.
Since this simple solution goes against so many industries across the globe, it's obvious that hydrogen fuel cell development will remain the tinkerer's solution. And more than likely, as in days past, the technology will either be purchased by large corporations or propagandized as some mythical hoax and buried.
Chalk one up for the battery guys and big oil!
JACQUES ST-LAURENT, Krum, Texas, The writer works for an automotive supplier.