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Fuel-cell vehicles in future for Honda

The Columbus Dispatch -- Honda plans to introduce a fuel-cell electric vehicle that would go on sale in the United States in 2015.

Takanobu Ito, Honda’s president and CEO, announced the move in a wide-ranging speech in Japan yesterday in which he set sales goals for the company for the next five years.

“This new fuel-cell vehicle will showcase further technological advancement and significant cost reduction that Honda has accomplished,” he said, according to a transcript.

Honda has two assembly plants and a research and development office in central Ohio. Ito did not say where the fuel-cell vehicle would be developed or how many would be produced. However, the company tends to do its initial work on new technologies close to its Tokyo headquarters.

Ito said Honda considers fuel-cell electric vehicles to be the


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NemoIL
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It will probably be prohibitively expensive.
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Will anyone ever do a magnetic motor powered car?
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hope it works
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Thank you for posting.
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Time will tell
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 7:48:26 AM

Whatever happened to the Clarity?
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COOL
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 1:48:27 AM

Honda FCX fuel cell vehicle for sale in the US in 2015. A fuel cell converts natural gas or hydrogen into electricity and releasing water vapor as an exhaust. The Honda FCX is three times as fuel-efficient as a gasoline-powered vehicle and twice as efficient as a gasoline-electric hybrid. Fuel cells are better than a battery that can wear out and will eventually have to be replaced and fuel cells do require maintenance sometime!
Hydrogen is very expensive to make, usually from oil or natural gas. Find a way to make hydrogen fuel cheaper. Find a way to make vehicles use more than one fuel so you can use the cheapest fuel at the time.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, has a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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OK
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 10:41:42 PM

Cool beans! But then again, there have been tons of prototypes from nearly all automakers, and nothing has actually hit the market... I guess I should move to iceland...
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nice !!!
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Ok
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Love the fuel cell technology.
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Lower the cost?
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What kind of price tag will it have?
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 10:11:45 PM

they should test market them first to see if the public will buy. Remember NEW COKE ??
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Ok
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I agree
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we'll see
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will probably be too expensive to buy and the hydrogen will be hard to store. Keep the taxpayer out of this disaster.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 10:06:20 PM


They do not say in this article what the fuel would be but their FCX Clarity custom car runs on hydrogen. Presumably it would be that or, possibly, natural gas.
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Bring back the Stanley Steamer.
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Their fuel cell car will probably use hydrogen, which takes more energy make than it will ever save.
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I think they are betting on the wrong horse.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 10:01:28 PM

Thanks for the post, @HumbleHarv. I do have questions about refueling the FCX Clarity. What is the range on a full tank and how much does it cost to fill up? Also, how long to fill up since you are pressurizing the fuel tank?
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Interesting...
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:55:17 PM

I would expect something like this from Honda of even from Toyota. Both are awesome companies with the best cars on the market.
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Good only if affordable
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Unfortunately, @milespergallon, hydrogen is still a very expensive fuel to produce, since it doesn't exist by itself in nature. Right now, the most economical way to produce hydrogen is to process it from natural gas in a method called steam reforming. That costs the equivalent of around $10/gal. If you wanted to produce hydrogen through electrolysis, that would cost around $20/gal.
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Interesting.
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We will see how this works out
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:50:15 PM

Actually, @CC55, Honda's FCX clarity is a hybrid, it just has a fuel cell to supply electricity instead of an internal combustion engine to spin a generator.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:49:49 PM

To bad they can not support the future in reality and produce HYDROGEN Alternative Fuel Cell Vehicels
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great
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:48:44 PM

I'm not sure if I follow you, @CarefreeVT. A fuel cell isn't a battery and the battery packs on hybrid cars are warranteed for at least 10 years or 100,000 miles.

I wish Honda lots of luck. However, I am afraid that fuel cell vehicles might not be ready for prime time, yet. They're still enormously expensive to produce and there are very few places to fuel them.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:48:24 PM

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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:47:40 PM

How about a fuel cell hybrid, Toyota is most likley working on it.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:47:13 PM

Someday they will be affordable
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:47:05 PM

As I read some of the comments, I see so many misunderstandings and lack of knowledge of the facts.

Honda has making fuel cell vehicles for many years. Their latest, the FCX Clarity is a very nice looking car.

Range - the Hyundai or the Kia fuel cell vehicle has gone over 500 miles on one tank.

The GM fuel cell vehicle has enough power to do burn-outs. How much more power do you want.

The land speed record for a fuel cell vehicle is 302.5 mph. Same vehicle using a battery electric system did go 307.5. Chalk the difference up to the weather.

You can put a hydrogen fuel cell system in any vehicle - even a Corvette.

By the way, if all the vehicles in the USA were magically changed to hydrogen fuel cells, we already produce enough hydrogen on a daily basis to fuel them all. No more drilling for oil or natural gas in environmentally sensitive areas - all you need is water and electric power from renewable sources.

Of course, I drive a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle - it is great.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:46:53 PM

Too soon.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:46:06 PM

That's still an electric car and it could be priced out of reach to the average consumer. Even $500 a month for a lease is very steep!
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:45:12 PM

Now if we only didn't have to change the battery every 5 years & throw the old one away...
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 9:44:27 PM

It is going to be expensive but someone has to be the first.
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