LOL about the size of Aberdeen, but you could fit a lot of cities there, bury 'em in the dust!
It is a step; hydro-electrification efforts should work out the hydrogen bugs and economics if for no other reason than to provide competition to straight electrics.
Take the cost of the Aberdeen hydro-refueling station and factor it over the 10 or so buses and cars for 5 or 10 years and the initial cost of the station may become irrelevant. Add in the publics use and they may have a viable model.
Its a definite "we'll see"
Yeah, absolutely. The US has a much harder time switching to hydrogen and electricity that small countries like the UK for sure. For a start you have:
- A much larger area
- A far more severe climate at both ends, and a far broader range of climactics
- Many areas of low population density
- Far greater distances to travel
- 110 V grid
- Cheaper gas prices by a long way (on the demand-side)
In the UK:
- You are never that far (someone will of course correct me for being an ignorant Londoner) away from help.
- The area is comparatively small (longest drive in the UK is 857 miles, and that's literally very top to bottom left).
- A very temperate climate - never extremely hot or cold.
- Not that much isolation
- 240V grid in place
- High fuel prices that should help people switch.
Only snag is that it hasn't really happened to anything like the same way as Norway, but they are far richer than us on average, so they can afford to do it more easily.