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Honda FCX Hydrogen-based Fuel Cell Prototype

Honda FCX Hydrogen-based Fuel Cell Prototype

Makuhari Messe, Japan

You've seen it before ... and now, here it is again! The most intriguing thing about Honda's FCX has always been the company's seeming powerful determination to actually bring this concept to production. That's why we called this car a "prototype" rather than a "concept". And now they've made the big announcement, that FCX will go into actual production sometime in the next year, and be available for lease (only) in several Honda markets, including the US. Honda says these "production" FCX models, which will be hand-built and no doubt cost Honda as much as or even more than $1 million per car, will utilize hydrogen as the basis of a true electrically-powered fuel cell automobile. Honda says they will lease it in the US for about $600 a month. Honda also has a refrigerator-sized "conversion" unit which they say will pull the hydrogen out of the natural gas lines which run into almost every home and building in the US. Imagine ... Making the fuel for your fuel cell car at home!

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