One of the top ways to usher in a hydrogen-based future is to excite the students and young people of today who will be working in the hydrogen industry tomorrow. Just by being exposed to information about hydrogen energy, students will rethink their educational options in high school and college.
This is happening on two different levels. First, GM’s Project Driveway is giving direct exposure to students with GM’s hydrogen vehicles. Recently, Project Driveway drove their Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell and pulled into Fleetwood Area High School in Pennsylvania so that students could get a first hand look at a hydrogen auto in action.
Second, organizations such as the NHA have created its Hydrogen Student Design Contest, which has received a record number of this year. Involved will be 36 teams of high school and college students from 16 countries and 5 continents.
It’s these kinds of education and exposure programs to young people which will normalize hydrogen fuel, autos and vehicles going forward. In 5 to 10 years from now these same students will be texting while driving their hydrogen autos instead of traditional gas guzzling vehicles (well, hopefully not texting as this is dangerous but you know what I mean). Normalizing hydrogen autos on the road one former student at a time will usher in a new era of clean energy in this country.