One of the first things I ever wrote about on Geek-Speak was Hydrogen fuel cell cars, revisiting the subject to explore how a Hydrogen fuel cell works. I have a soft spot for new and innovative technology in cars, and alternative fuels fascinate me… I’ll admit that it’s not so much because of their green credentials, but because they represent great advances in engineering.
UK motoring show Fifth Gear has been testing Honda’s fuel cell car, the FCX-Clarity, and put it on their Web TV feed. I admit that this video is a little older than most of the stuff I’d post (it’s from early December), but here we go anyway:
Embedding of this video has been disabled by request, but you can still watch it on YouTube.
So, what do you think of it? The car looks pretty big, but when I tested the Insight I was struck by how big that looked too. Somehow, though, it felt small and easy to drive. I love the fact that the Clarity has zero emissions which, at the moment, means you won’t pay car tax on it in the UK, nor will you pay congestion charge.
Downsides? I guess there’s infrastructure – Hydrogen filling stations aren’t exactly widespread at the moment. There’s also the fact that at some point, somewhere, energy must be expended to generate pure hydrogen and the solar idea isn’t really going to work here in Scotland. Perhaps tidal or hydro-electric power though?
I’d love to know what you think about this – and what you think about the prospect of alternative fuels in general. Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
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