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From Saskatchewan comes news of the world’s first hydrogen-diesel pickup truck.

This is not a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that runs on electricity; this truck uses hydrogen in its internal combustion engine. This latter approach to using hydrogen as a fuel is one that has some environmentalists concerned due to the total energy cost.

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Nevertheless, it is an approach being taken by other manufacturers, such as BMW, which has been showing its 745h hydrogen-gasoline prototype vehicle since 2001. BMW CEO Helmut Panke has said that the company will add such a hybrid configuration to the retail lineup in a few years.

“By the time we have those cars [in the catalog], we will probably have a number of hydrogen fuel stations at our retail centres.”

Which is another way to solve the fueling problem -- provide it yourself.

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