Honda Fuel Cell Cars Released in limited Quantity
Just like in my previous post back in February, Honda is releasing their first Fuel Cell Vehicle in the L.A. area for lease. They are only letting 100 Honda FCX Clarities go free for now to be leased at $600 a month. Pretty pricey, but the only by-product of the vehicle is water vapor. In a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, hydrogen combines with oxygen in the vehicle’s fuel-cell stack, and energy from the reaction is converted into electricity to power the vehicle. Pretty neat ha?
The only thing is where are these people who are going to lease the new Fuel Cell Vehicles going to get hydrogen for their new hydrogen vehicles? Honda has an answer for that too! Now if you’re an environmentalist you may not be very happy with the source, because Honda has developed a home fueling station that would convert natural gas(methane) into hydrogen. So essentially your you have the convenience of having your own fueling station at home, but you have to have existing natural gas lines in your home for it to work. Furthermore, it seems a bit ironic that the new Fuel Cell Vehicle developed is suppose to use Hydrogen as a fuel source which is very abundant…but converts it from a depleting resource…natural gas. Natural gas is just as much in jeopardy as is oil. And the United States imports a lot of natural gas from Canada as it is.
Eventually the next stages of the Honda Fuel Cell project will be released in the Washington DC area and New York that will begin next year. Hydrogen based Fuel Cell Vehicles is a step in the right direction and very futuristic, but we need to develop a better technology to extract hydrogen in a cheap and reliable method that doesn’t consume an already depleting resource.
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