Fact #340: October 4, 2004
Hydrogen Fuel as a Replacement for Gasoline
The following question was asked in a random survey in 2000 and again in 2004. The same survey also asked which of those three choices is the worst fuel for use in personal vehicles and asked the respondents for the reasoning behind their selections. Below are the reasons respondents gave for choosing hydrogen fuel as the best or worst choice for replacing gasoline.
"Consider a future date when gasoline is no longer available. Which of the following do you think would be the best fuel for use in personal vehicles: electricity, ethanol, or hydrogen?"
|Hydrogen Is Best Replacement||2000||2004|
|Derived from water||8%||14%|
|Others not practical||6%||11%|
|Hydrogen Is Worst Replacement||2000||2004|
|Not enough known||4%||7%|
|Other choices are better||0||4%|
|Difficult to produce||4%||4%|
Source: Opinion Research Corporation for National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Study #709489 (N = 1,000), December 1, 2000, and Study #713359 (N = 1,041), August 27, 2004.