Exposing a fuel-cell future to those nostalgic for Motor City's glorious past

Last Saturday, approximately 40,000 classic show cars and nearly 1.8 million spectators gathered in Michigan for the Woodward Dream Cruise - America's most popular classic car showcase. As an automotive enthusiast, this is one of the premier events that get your adrenaline running. As an environmentalist, you're likely to be appalled by the thousands of gallons of gasoline wasted and hundreds of pounds of exhaust fumes emitted for such a spectacle. And as both, you're undoubtedly divided.

It may not be enough to counter the dire thought of grotesque fossil fuel consumption, however, this year's two most exotic show cars may very well have been zero-emission vehicles. Both Daimler-Chrysler and Ford opted to showcase their fuel-cell technologies to classic car enthusiasts by bringing a hydrogen powered Mercedes-Benz A-Class and a Ford Focus FCV, respectively. Both companies are currently testing small fleets of these fuel-cell vehicles in real-world conditions by their employees as well as some government agencies.

This isn't the first time fuel-efficiency matters have cruised down Woodward Avenue on the third Saturday of August. Last year, a group of about 30 hybrid owners drove their fuel-sipping Toyotas, Hondas and Fords alongside the menacing Chargers, Challengers and Cobras.

We have yet to hear about the response generated by the two fuel-cell cars, so if you hear anything (positive or negative) be sure to let us know.

[Source: Automotive News]

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