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Hydrogen Cars - Honda FCX Clarity on Sale Summer 2008

Angie
Angie
Calgary
Age: 27
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Hydrogen Cars are here right now, they're reality. As a matter of fact, there are hydrogen powered cars on the road already as we speak. There isn't that many of them though and they are primarily in California and Japan and the reason being is that there aren't many hydrogen fuel stations. Few of them they have in California serve just about right to the people who already own hydrogen cars. Hence this while thing is not a pipe dream of any stretch - hydrogen cars are here and they are likely to be the future of automotive industry. Honda FCX Clarity is the first commercially produced hydrogen fueled car and this time it's not some distant future reality. Honda FCX Clarity, the first hydrogen car is on Sale Summer 2008. That means NOW. I think this is definitely not a good news or Gynepax Water Powered Cars as Honda is one of big players in automotive industry and since they've started mass production of their hydrogen car, there's gonna be more and more hydrogen stations popping out until throwing hydrogen in your car becomes as ordinary as throwing gasoline in there.

Hydrogen Cars are environmentally friendly, which would contribute to cut down of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. The only by product produced by hydrogen fuel cell powered Honda FCX Clarity is water - an environmentally harmless substance. The hydrogen fuel cell is manufactured to create electricity by joining hydrogen with oxygen. The engine itself is then propelled by the electric motor.

Being environmentally friendly is definitely a huge benefit of hydrogen cars, but there are also economical benefits as many countries will not be dependent on foreign oil that comes priced really high. This is one of the reasons it is unlikely we will see Honda Clarity or any other hydrogen powered car sold in Alberta anytime soon. First of all it would go against Alberta oil powered economy and secondly - filthy rich oil companies can afford to bribe anyone to cause delays in introduction of hydrogen cars in Alberta. Every person has a price, and oil conglomerates have the money. Two and two meet and you get what? Yup - little chance of hydrogen cars being sold in the province of Alberta, Canada.

There were 50 000 people interested in leasing Honda Clarity but only 500 were given the opportunity. At present time there simply is not enough hydrogen fuel stations to satisfy large user base. Some of Hollywood celebrities, such as actress Jamie Lee Curtis were among the 500 who will have the privilege to drive first commercially produced hydrogen car. Good times ahead. The progress is happening.

Here are some more pictures of Honda FCX Clarity - on sale Summer 2008 but may be too late to get one now. I hear it's still possible to get a 2009 model. Get in line








Jul 1, 2008 at 12:24 am 
Raynaud
Raynaud
southern US
Age: 26
Posts: 2261
well that certainly doesn't take away the fear of me riding in a car
XD
i'm glad it's a reality; the world is learning
Jul 1, 2008 at 6:30 am 
M4rk
M4rk
Edmonton
Age: 29
Posts: 1158
starting @ $600/mo lease.

hellllz no.
Jul 1, 2008 at 8:18 am 
Channy
Channy
Edmonton
Age: 29
Posts: 1307
It will get cheaper in a few years... look at how expensive hybrid vehicles were, and now they aren't much more expensive than your standard gas/diesel powered vehicle... once there is more production of them, and more demand for them it'll be 400 to lease, and 20 bucks will fill your tank. lol.
Jul 1, 2008 at 9:41 am 
Channy
Channy
Edmonton
Age: 29
Posts: 1307
P.S. I want that car!!

as soon as mechanics learn how to fix them. lol.
Jul 1, 2008 at 9:42 am 
anamaria
anamaria
Calgary
Age: 26
Posts: 537
$600 a month for hydrogen powered car - aka for latest in car technology isn't that much. It also depends on the length of lease. It costs on average $400 a month for an average, lower end car to lease for 5 years. So $600 doesn't sound too bad and we're talking for technology of the future - hydrogen cars. Also, take into account that many people would love to own Honda Clarity. Only few got a chance for now. But I'm afraid Angie is right. We're unlikely to see hydrogen cars in Alberta anytime soon. I don't think our super rich oil companies would allow that to happen, cause that would endanger their multi billion dollar record profits. Californians are lucky.
Jul 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm 
Angie
Angie
Calgary
Age: 27
Posts: 4774
Did you know that California accounts for one fifth of all cars sold in all of the United States?
Jul 1, 2008 at 2:58 pm 
Rhamphoryncus
Rhamphoryncus
Edmonton
Age: 31
Posts: 93
Hydrogen cars won't be environmentally unless they dramatically improve the efficiency of them and the hydrogen production. They whole chain is currently more polluting than a normal gas car.

.. I'm beginning to feel like a broken record.
Jul 1, 2008 at 10:40 pm 
IndieVixen
IndieVixen
Red Deer
Age: 36
Posts: 373
Where did you get that information from? There's no way in hell production of hydrogen is more environmentally damaging than production of gasoline.
Jul 1, 2008 at 10:47 pm 
FergusMaximus
FergusMaximus
Rock the Rebel, Metal the Devil
Age: 29
Posts: 1512
Gasoline produces usable energy by combining oxygen with hydrogen and carbon and sulfur. We worry about the carbon dioxide causing global warming.

A hydrogen powered vehicle replaces the carbon and sulfur with more hydrogen. The exhaust has water vapor replacing carbon dioxide. Since water vapor is a more efficient greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, a hydrogen powered vehicle produces more greenhouse gas than a gasoline powered vehicle.

When you reach a certain level of humidity in the air a runaway reaction can begin that ultimately results in the evaporation of all available water.
Jul 1, 2008 at 11:37 pm 
pothead
pothead
Fort McMurray
Age: 30
Posts: 777
Production of hydrogen is more energy demanding than production of conventional gasoline. Hence if you use fossil energy to manufacture hydrogen, you will have polluted the environment more than by manufacturing gasoline. The difference is however off set and set in favor of hydrogen once you start using hydrogen powered cars, where as greenhouse gas emissions are non existent. So if you take into consideration not only production of hydrogen vs refining of petroleum, but also subsequent use of hydrogen cars vs use of gasoline cars, hydrogen becomes less ecologically damaging.

There are methods of hydrogen production that are more environmentally friendly though. For example biomass gasification which produces extremely low (near none) greenhouse emissions and is potentially classified as renewable energy.
Jul 2, 2008 at 12:21 am 
FergusMaximus
FergusMaximus
Rock the Rebel, Metal the Devil
Age: 29
Posts: 1512
Environmentally, the problem isn't the production of CO2. It's the release of water vapour. The water steam will form clouds and clouds are the problem because they trap heat. Ever notice how it is much warmer on a cloudy night than when the sky is clear? Thatís called the greenhouse effect.

There are more natural mechanisms for removing CO2 from the atmosphere than there are for removing water. So where are you going to put all this collected water? Drop it in the street to evaporate? No, a hydrogen economy depends on transforming ocean water into atmospheric water vapor which is far worse for heating the planet than the CO2 we currently have.
Jul 2, 2008 at 12:52 am 
Tender
Tender
Edmonton
Age: 31
Posts: 736
There's got to be something about those hydrogen cars otherwise people wouldn't be so all over it.
Jul 2, 2008 at 10:12 am 
pornask
pornask
Edmonton
Age: 31
Posts: 1225
Hydrogen is ridiculously combustible and is very difficult to store and transport - in particular because it's s combustible. I think this whole awe will go away as soon as first Honda Clarity explodes. Driving a hydrogen powered car is like driving a land mine.
Jul 2, 2008 at 11:29 pm 
Lila
Lila
Edmonton
Age: 30
Posts: 1205
Honda has been around for a while, they're established car maker and I'm sure their engineers are aware of risks involved in running car on hydrogen and wouldn't have developed FCX Clarity if the likelihood of explosion was this high. Petroleum is a highly combustible substance too and gasoline cars are propelled by actual combustion of gas, but it doesn't mean they are bomb traps. There is some sophisticated engineering put into these cars so you don't see them spontaneously explode. It will be the same with Honda Clarity and whatever other hydrogen cars will follow next. A carmaker with decades of success in automotive manufacturing would not jeopardize their business by releasing a car that's prone to self destruction.
Jul 3, 2008 at 9:11 am 
IndieVixen
IndieVixen
Red Deer
Age: 36
Posts: 373
The gas is at $134.9 per liter. This is freaking insane. Hydrogen cars better come here quickly....
Jul 5, 2008 at 3:43 pm 
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