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Honda makes first hydrogen cars

by BBC News

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Japanese car manufacturer Honda has begun the first commercial production of a zero-emission, hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle. The four-seater, called FCX Clarity, runs on electricity produced by combining hydrogen with oxygen, and emits water vapour. Honda claims the vehicle offers three times better fuel efficiency than a traditional, petrol-powered car.

Honda plans to produce 200 of the cars over the next three years.

One of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of wider adoption of fuel-cell vehicles is the lack of hydrogen fuelling stations. Critics also point out that hydrogen is costly to produce and the most common way to produce hydrogen is still from fossil fuels.

Analysis of the environmental impact of different fuel technologies has shown that the overall carbon dioxide emissions from hydrogen powered cars can be higher than that from petrol or diesel-powered vehicles.

Continue reading: BBC News


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  1. How’re they gonna handle the possibility of hydrogen explosions in high speed car collisions? Anyone remember the hydrogen bomb? Anyone remember the Hindenburg? Oh and then there’s the minor issue of no hydrogen fuel stations and the other minor issue of keeping hydrogen contained. This extremely light fuel has a nasty habit of escaping when being tapped from one container into another ie from transportation vehicle into storage tanks at fuel station and from fuel station tank into car etc etc

    Still think the best solution is to stop travelling so much. Localise. Sell your car. Buy a bicycle and wherever possible, rip up the tar!

    Comment by Kim

  2. Kim, I am using a Hydrogen-on-demand fuel kit on my petrol car. The kit produces Hydrogen from Water and is compusted by the engine as it is produced. It is not stored anywhere - there is not hydrogen stored anywhere. I am not sure wh they are talking of fossil fuels and the need to fill up with Hydrogen in the above article about Honda’s proposed Hydrogen car. They just have to fill up distilled water, that’s it.

    Comment by Jo Hein

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