This was a bad week to be in the hydrogen car business.
Besides VW bowing out of the hydrogen game (sorry, "science project"), Toyota has announced a joint venture with Mazda to make... EVs!
Yes, the same Toyota that has spent much of this decade poo-pooing EVs. Obviously, Toyota will still ride the hydrogen wave for as far as it will go (and it's not far), with Japan wanting to show the world how advanced they are with hydrogen cars at the 2020 Olympics (like Canada did in Vancouver in 2010... and those hydrogen buses are LOOOOoooong gone).
I don't expect the Toyota / Mazda consortium to be anything more than a regulatory game, but it's obvious that they aren't planning on meeting future ZEV requirements in China and California with just a hydrogen game plan.
With all the money thrown at EVs in the past week; Daimler / Mercedes Benz to spend $11billion, Dyson to spend $2, VW to spend up to $85 billion, China to go all EV (they aren't too fond of hydrogen over there), California talking about all ZEV, numerous European countries and cities talking about ZEV futures... yep, I wouldn't want to be the hydrogen lobbyist's dog. You just might take a boot in the rib cage this week.
Don't fret, though. I absolutely guarantee that our state will be throwing at least $20 million a year for the next 8-10 years, regardless of whether there are ANY hydrogen cars.