My college had a hydrogen-car building program, and every once and a while theyâ€™d trot the fleet out on the quad so passersby could gawk and stare. While they were a neat concept, most of them looked like go karts with body kits. Not anything you’d really want to pick up a date in, unless she was a member of the Earth Liberation Front.
Honda’s FCX, the automaker’s hydrogen vehicle, has been around for a few years. Occasionally, one can be seen touring the streets of Los Angeles, but they still weren’t turning any heads. However, at the L.A. Auto Show, Honda unveiled a fully functional FCX that actually looks as cool on the outside as it is under the hood.
The FCX concept car features an improved fuel cell and a high-energy lithium battery, which allows it to travel 30 percent further than the old model. New technology under the hood makes it possible for a sleek, sedan shape instead of a squat SUV style.
The FCX will be released in 2008, albeit in very limited amounts. There are a number of reasons why we won’t all be cruising around in FCXs sometime soon, and most of them have to do with cost. Although Honda is getting the technology right, it is very expensive, and the scope of equipping gas stations with hydrogen pumps is almost impossibly enormous.
Visit Honda’s international website for more info.