The LA Times' Dan Neil loves electric cars. He also loves just how beautiful the Honda FCX Clarity is. What he doesn't like is that the Clarity uses a hydrogen fuel cell. Plug In America's Paul Scott, writing as an individual, not on behalf of PIA, I hasten to add, says that Neil's recent article, "pounds the final nail in the coffin of fuel cell vehicles." I doubt this is true, but Neil certainly doesn't mince words. He calls the Clarity, "the most expensive, advanced and impractical car ever built" and adds:
Not exactly subtle, is it? It is totally true that the automakers have gotten hydrogen vehicles on the road way before the infrastructure builders figured out a way to effectively get hydrogen to market. As Scott writes in a recent email, "While Dan's words should smother this foolish idea [hydrogen cars], its heart will keep beating until Schwarzenegger and Obama finally pull the plug and deny them any more of our money."
Neil ends his article this way: "Behold, the grand and lovely futility of the FCX Clarity. It's hard to scold something so wonderful, so I won't. Just bring me one that I can plug in." For more of Neil's always-interesting pontifications, listen to this.