posted 9 years ago

Honda's Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Honda is about to display its hydrogen fuel cell FCX Concept at the Tokyo Show, and it's taking the opportunity to make some bold claims about this technology.

Honda is about to display its hydrogen fuel cell FCX Concept at the Tokyo Show, and it's taking the opportunity to make some bold claims about this technology.

"Hydrogen will fuel the next generation of global vehicles," says a company press release. "It's a fact accepted by the entire industry. And given that it's the most commonly-occurring element in the universe, supply is not an issue." (Worth noting, though, that it's far from being the most commonly-occurring element within easy reach of this planet.)

Honda goes on to compare the benefits of the FCX - and indeed hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in general - with the BMW Hydrogen 7, which uses the stuff to power a conventional internal combustion engine. The thrust of the argument is that the FCX is cleaner and more efficient than the BMW, and does not have the same storage problems, though Honda does concede that the FCX requires more development before it's ready for sale.

Perhaps not much more, though. Honda says that the FCX will be launched as a production vehicle in the US and Japan next year.