I wonder if anybody has completed a study on the effects of water in the
exhaust in the cold parts of the country? Will the be ice forming in
areas where cars must sit in traffic, at traffic lights and stop signs? Is
a fuel that currently cost the equivalent of $18 a gallon of gasoline,
before road taxes a viable alterative to gasoline and diesel fuel? ;)
Water is one the components of car exhaust now (completely burning
gasoline and diesel fuel produces carbon dioxide and water). So, is
there ice forming in the areas where cars must sit in traffic now, like
at traffic lights and stop signs?
One also has to realize that to make hydrogen, one has to use other
sources of energy, like electricity or natural gas. Is less CO2 made to
power a vehicle with hydrogen when accounting for this as well as the
energy needed to build the infrastructure?
As a rule, it is rare for our region to have a winter go by without at least
one week of -40ish weather... -30C is routine.
Back in the early 80s (and more recently with the early 21st century Focus),
the Escort/Lynx cars had a nasty habit of freezing off the exhaust systems.
Slow speed, in town driving combined with short trips that didn't allow the
car to warm up completely would give us a stall, no restart concern.
The first few were tough to diagnose since they would be towed in toward the
end of the business day and would be left to overnight in the shop - of
course they would start easily in the morning with no trace of the root
The source of the ice blockage has proven to be the muffler... current
designs seem to be working to prevent repeat concerns.
I am a big Air Products stockholder, as a result I had the opportunity to
drive a hydrogen powered Toyota last year at Air Products Headquarter in
Allentown Pennsylvania. One could not help but notice all the water that
was accumulating on the ground.
As an aside it took around 25 minutes to re-fuel.
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