First Commercial Fuel Cell Car Hits the Market Next Summer

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 20 Nov 2007 11:49:06 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

The Honda FCX Clarity, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric car, will be leased in three California towns in the summer of 2008. They're limiting availability due to a limited supply of hydrogen refueling stations. Their current long-term plans are Plug Power natural-gas-to-hydrogen fueling stations in the home. Initial price: $600/month for three years. Toyota, General Motors, Ford, and likely others are also working on fuel cell cars, but it appears that Honda will be the first to market. Yay!

Honda FCX hydrogen fuel cell car
Honda FCX V-Flow

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Screw hydrogen, let's get battery

Submitted by Kirk on Fri, 23 Nov 2007 19:23:12 GMT

I use to be a big fan of hydrogen fuel cells in autos. In fact, I owned Ballard Power stock at one time (no more). Like many Americans, I figured this was the best alternative to oil based, combustion engines. I had heard about battery operated cars, but I thought they were poor performers with limited travel radius'...until I saw the movie "Who Killed the Electric Car."

Turns out, GM had created an electric car that could run for 110 miles before needing a re-charge. But, GM decided not to pursue the electric car. The movie shows how several parties are to blame for its failure to find traction, including the consumer, but the biggest culprits were big oil and the government. If you like independent documentary films, this is a great one.

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