Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Home Energy Station and Honda's Upcoming Hydrogen Car

With "green" being an ongoing theme at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, it was fitting that Honda would choose that venue to debut its all-new FCX Clarity. With styling very similar to the FCX concept car, the Clarity is a zero-emission electric vehicle powered by Honda's latest-generation hydrogen fuel-cell system...

One of the biggest hurdles to more widespread use of fuel-cell cars is the lack of infrastructure — there are very few places to fill a car with hydrogen. But Honda is working on a solution.

The fourth generation of the experimental Home Energy Station was on display at the LA show, and when it reaches production it will have the potential to change the way we live.

Hooked up to a home's natural gas line, the Home Energy Station would convert natural gas to hydrogen for filling a fuel-cell vehicle. The conversion process would also supply the home with heat and electricity, reducing energy costs both at home and on the road.

With the ability to create hydrogen anywhere there is a natural gas line, the question, "Where do I fill up my fuel-cell car?" will no longer be an issue. The future may be closer than we think.

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