By Luigi Fraschini

Two sister companies, both the brainchildren of Lumber Liquidators founder Tom Sullivan, have come together to open a solar-powered hydrogen filling station in Wallingford, Conn.

Run under the SunHydro banner and located in the companies’ home city, the station marks the start of the “East Coast Hydrogen Highway.” SunHyrdo says that the Wallingford station will be the first of many green fuel stations.

Its goal: To build a network so drivers can travel from Maine to Florida on sun and water.

“This new SunHydro station is a step away from fossil fuels, and as a nation that’s a path we need to continue to explore,” said Sullivan. “We believe one of the answers is hydrogen energy, and we as a country should continue to create a variety of alternative energy options.”

“Investing in new clean and renewable energy technologies is vital for our security and our economy, for our nation’s future and for our children’s future,” said U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who attended the station’s grand opening. “We have to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and stop sending money overseas. We must reinvest in our own clean energy sector to stay competitive in the 21st century economy. And we have to reduce our carbon emissions and find ways to stop the dangerous cycle of global warming.”

The SunHydro hydrogen fueling station will initially offer limited public access -- which is not surprising, since there are virtually no fuel cell cars in consumer hands these days. The company promises full public access in the future, when it will offer businesses and government vehicles a quick and easy option to fill up their fuel cell cars.

Luigi Fraschini Based in Cleveland, Driving Today Contributing Editor Luigi Fraschini writes frequently about auto safety and other auto industry issues.


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