Iceland hopes to abandon gasoline

| 1/20/2006

Hoping to become the first country in the world to do so, Iceland is setting plans in motion to abandon gasoline and other oil-based fuels altogether.

ABC News reported that the country is planning to use its vast underground water supply – heated to boiling by molten rock and lava from volcanoes – to heat homes, businesses and swimming pools.

In addition, the country is using turbines powered by its rivers to provide most of its electricity.

Iceland also plans to start converting the water into hydrogen. The city of Reykjavik is already testing three hydrogen-powered buses, according to ABC News.

By the middle of this century, all Icelanders will be required to run their cars exclusively on hydrogen fuel, meaning gasoline will be gone for good.

Representatives from the country said that, although hydrogen fuel costs up to three times as much as gasoline, it gets up to three times the mileage, so it evens out in the end.