Honda is partnering with FirstElement Fuel to increase the number of hydrogen refueling stations in California. The two have signed a letter of intent to provide $13.8 of financial assistance that, with some state money, could let FirstElement build "at least 12 stations." This is the second OEM that FirstElement is working with to install H2 stations in California. It signed a deal worth an unspecified amount with Toyota to help build 19 stations.
Mercedes-Benz is keen on fuel cell technology and has developed a fuel cell B-Class with an impressive 249-mile range (you should get something for your $849 a month – see it in action here). During a media presentation at the Detroit Auto Show recently, Mercedes announced that a fleet of 70 B-Class vehicles powered by fuel cells will soon be seen on the roads of California as part of an global project to prove that fuel cell vehicles are a viable option as a clean vehicle. The fleet will
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Hydrogen vehicles hold out a future hope where our cars, trucks and motorcycles won't be emitting harmful toxins and carbon dioxide from their tailpipes (and yes, we know generating the hydrogen fuel will mean emissions from other sources). But before any of us can trade in our fossil fuel-burner for a new hydrogen car, we need someplace convenient to refuel them.
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Whether it's a working hydrogen refueling station near you or a demonstration of a fuel-cell vehicle, you can find out about all such activities in a new searchable database set up by Fuel Cells 2000 and the Deptartment of Energy. Almost all states have some type of fuel cell or hydrogen legislation, demonstration or activity taking place. The search function can be narrowed down to specifics such as fuel cell manufacturer. The site isn't a calendar of upcoming events, so if you're looking for a
While the media buzz might make people believe hydrogen fuel cells are around the corner, significant hurdles still need to be crossed. Even though some prototype fuel cell cars are showing promise in delivering an experience similar to existing cars, cost, hydrogen storage, and lack of infrastructure are major issues. More importantly, though, in my opinion, is where is all the hydrogen needed to meet our transportation need going to come from? Unlike gasoline, hydrogen is not considered a fuel