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Honda and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

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We talked about a week ago about how Nissan is ready for the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle market, but we didn’t mention how Honda has already been there for quite a while, in some respects.

Honda actually has had fuel cell vehicles testing around Europe since 2009, and in 2011 they’ve joined the Clean Energy partnership in Europe which means to bring hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the forefront of alternative fuels.

Now there are reports that Honda is planning to expand their hydrogen fuel cell vehicle production by replacing the FCX Clarity with an all-new fuel cell vehicle in 2015. More interestingly, they plan to market this future model in Japan, the U.S and Europe.

The idea behind hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is to use hydrogen in order to generate electricity, which in turn will power the car. Hydrogen is by far the most abundant element in the entire Universe and when you use it to create electricity, the only emissions created are water vapor. The only real problem related to this is the fact that producing hydrogen for a fuel cell is in itself an energy consuming process.

There isn’t a lot known about this future Honda project, only what they said, which amounted to the fact that the new vehicle will showcase new technological advancements as well as some serious cost reductions that they have accomplished.

The latter part of that statement has to do with all Honda manufacturing process on the whole, not just the one related to FCVs.

While the technology certainly is here, and has been here for a while – even though it does need further research and development – the major problem that Honda, and any other FCV producer will have to cope with is the utter lack of a hydrogen-delivery infrastructure. For the time being, the only solution to this problem might be for Honda to offer filling stations at the dealerships that sell these cars.

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