Honda to produce fuel cell car in three to four years

Quite a coup if they pull it off.
Honda to produce fuel cell car in three to four years http://tinyurl.com/jcjlp
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How and where would you refuel this?

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*That* has got to be the big question. If they can make it work well in trials maybe the Feds would start infrastructure building in several large cities?

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More likely Honda itself would fund some refueling stations to get the ball rolling.

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Why don't we just use biodiesel and ethanol... 90% of the infrastructure already exists, and a large portion of the vehicles on the road already support it.

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If Honda builds it, they (oil companies, with usable fuel) will come immediately. Could be a shame--unless the oil cos. plan to phase out higher-priced oil for cheaper, yet still morally-profitable, alternative fuel. s
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Absolute rubbish. You can fuel a car today off hydrogen - hydrogen will burn in a piston engine and produce power just like gasoline, with a lot less combustion byproducts. A hell of a lot of what an engine computer does is control the gasoline burn to achieve lowest emissions - you don't have to do that in a hydrogen car. Hydrogen also does not dirty up your motor oil, either.
But despite that nobody has rushed forward to create a distribution network.
The oil companies also already produce a lot of hydrogen, anyone can buy it just go down to the gas distributor. After all, half of the worlds supply of hydrogen is produced from Natural Gas.
Ted
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The cost will be even more than the expensive to buy and maintain hybrids. I live 1/2 Km from Ballard and I'm up to date on this fuel cell technology.

A few months ago I discussed this subject with a fellow engineer and we agreed, "why not just burn the hydrogen in an IC engine".
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GM has a vehicle that does just that, but as an engineer you should easily be able to figure our why no manufacture is offering one for sale today ;)
mike hunt

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