Friday, November 16, 2007


Car companies are seriously looking at cars that don't depend on gasoline:
Honda, Ford and General Motors this week announced plans at the Los Angeles Auto Show to put alternative-fuel-technology vehicles on the road in California in coming months. A few drivers will even get to park them in their garages.

Honda and GM's Chevrolet have developed hydrogen fuel-cell-powered cars for limited test use, while Ford is producing a plug-in hybrid vehicle. And although none is being manufactured in large quantities — mass production is still years away — the limited trials will be a tantalizing taste of what's likely to come.

The FCX Clarity is what Honda calls a "production" version of a hydrogen fuel-cell car it first exhibited two years ago. It promises zero emissions and luxury features such as heated seats and Bluetooth connectivity while getting about the equivalent of 68 miles per gallon.


Honda and GM are focusing on Southern California because of its relative abundance of hydrogen fuel stations.

In California, Bonawitz said, hydrogen per kilogram, the unit used for the fuel, costs $4 to $10. A tank could cost $16 to $40 to fill.

Skeptics point out that neither plug-in hybrids nor fuel-cell vehicles are anywhere near ready for prime time, and are perhaps a decade or more away from true commercialization.

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