Oct 31st, 2007 by jbrown
USA Today says, “TOCHIGI, Japan — Honda (HMC) will deliver fewer than 100 of its new fuel-cell cars next year, when it’s scheduled for introduction in the United States, the automaker’s top executive said Tuesday at the company’s research and development headquarters here.
Though a small number, it is several times as many FCX hydrogen fuel-cell sedans as the automaker currently has on U.S. roads. Only two of those are in the hands of individuals and about 20 more are in fleet service by governments and other institutions. ”
OK. So what is Fuel Cell?
Fuel-cell cars are seen as a way to avoid the pollution of petroleum-fuel vehicles because fuel-cell cars are electric vehicles. They use no gasoline or diesel engines.
They are fueled by hydrogen gas, pressurized at 5,000 to 10,000 pounds per square inch in large tanks on the cars. The hydrogen gas and air are passed through a membrane in the fuel cell, creating an electro-chemical reaction that produces electricity to run the vehicle’s motor, and water vapor as the only exhaust. A battery pack stores some of the electricity to be sure there’s plenty of juice for acceleration and other demanding use.
Cars of our future?