While watching TV this evening I saw a commercial that really grabbed my attention - A new car that only emits water vapor into the air that we breathe.
This sounded like some futuristic car so I went online and discovered that Honda has already started leasing this new vehicle, the Honda FXC Clarity - and a few owners have even taken delivery of their cars.
Vehicles that use hydrogen with fuel cell technology are the cleanest around because they emit only water vapor into the air we breathe. These cars simply do not pollute. They can also use hydrogen from domestic energy sources, reducing our dependence on oil. And driving fuel cell vehicles significantly reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, helping to slow the increase in greenhouse gases - Honda Website
A hydrogen fuel cell produces electricity for the vehicle. The fuel cell combines hydrogen, which is stored in a fuel tank onboard the vehicle, with oxygen from the air, to make electricity. The electricity then powers the electric motor, which in turn drives the front wheels. Water vapor and heat are the only byproducts.
The FCX Clarity is reported to have a top speed of 100 mph and is capable of traveling about 280 miles before refueling. Since refueling is the biggest hurdle to overcome and because there are still only a limited number of hydrogen refuelling stations in Southern California, sales of the vehicle is currently limited to Torrance, Santa Monica and Irvine areas.
California residents who meet certain qualifying requirements can lease a vehicle for 3 years at a cost of $600 per month, and this includes all service and maintenance for the duration of the lease. Eventually, Home Energy Stations which generates hydrogen from natural gas, is designed to provide heat and electricity for the home through fuel cell cogeneration and to supply fuel for a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle.