"2007 LA Auto Show: Honda FCX"
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2007 LA Auto Show: Honda FCX
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>> Not too many car shows ago this Honda FCX was a little more than a sketch and a crazy idea. Now, it's in production albeit limited production. This is a pure fuel cell car. Packaging like a Honda Accord, interior trim is kind of high-end Accord to Acura-ish we'll check that out in a minute. But the big idea here is a real fuel cell car in the hands of real people. I'll get to how they're gonna get it in just a minute. But first the power train. Engine's in the front, well motor to be accurate, pure electric motor. Fuel cell that drives it is in the console between the front seats. Now, Honda really tells the packaging there. They got the fuel cell relatively small, sat it on its edge and stuck it under the console, if you will. Cooling apparatus is here and there to not get in the way of the interior packaging. So you got 4 spacious seats, a real trunk; it feels like a next-Generation Accord, as opposed to a weird car. The power is a 100 kilo watt, you can do the math on how many horse power that is. But most importantly it is a torque monster because it's an electric motor and of course the output is just little bit of water. Fuel cells cars are flat out clean. Now, how do you get one? They are gonna lease these to I think about a 100 people in southern California, starting in middle of '08. It'll be about 600 bucks a month. You can actually get on the list and apply to be one of the lease parties and you'll have it for 3 years. Because they want real folks to drive it in the real world as they 'here is how it works and here's how it doesn't.' It goes about 270 miles on a charge of hydrogen. And here's where that comes from. A nozzle like this could be installed in your home. This is part of a home hydrogen filling concept that Honda's got. Not ready quite yet. It attaches to this box called a Home Energy Station. What does that mean? It ties into the natural gas coming into your house and those three things. Cracks that natural gas to make hydrogen that goes in the car, through the nozzle that I just showed you. Also heats up your hot water for the house, that's nice, and generates electricity to run your house either in conjunction with or off the grid. So it's a macro story. And Honda says using this to accomplish those goals takes about 30% of your CO2 footprint off the earth compared to the way you are currently powering your house, heating your water and fueling your car. For the cars they'll actually be leasing though people in southern California will go to Regional Hydrogen Stations that already exist. This idea is not ready but it's where they want it to go.
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