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how long until fuel cell cars are a viable option?


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sfousi
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Jun 16, 2008, 3:49 PM

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most of your probably saw the news about limited production of the FCX Clarity today. I couldn't help but notice that they aren't kidding about the limited part! They are distributing cars in the dozens, and then the hundreds over the next few years, mostly to celebs in LA. Of course, they couldn't do a wide distribution even if the market were exploding because of the lack of fuel stations for hydrogen powered cars. Do you think this will ever be a viable option?


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 17, 2008, 7:28 AM

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No to answer your question. It takes more energy to extract hydrogen to get it transportable than the energy you get back out of it. If the energy to make it was destined for waste as in unused hydro electric plants or wind farms then it would at least capture the waste. This has been the "rock and a hard place" with alternatives all along to fossile fuels which are close to "ready to go" and easier to transport till a real breakthru can be had - IMO.

Even gasoline is a tough transport item and hazmat. Can you imagine a hydrogen failure on a bridge, in a tunnel or in some downtown area? There's nothing very "Green" about a whole city block burning down, blowing up!

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