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Fri Oct 31, 2014, 01:34 AM

Transport Evolved VIDEO: What's it Really Like to Drive a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle? We Find Out

October 30, 2014 By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

Fueling a Hydrogen Electric Car

Hydrogen fuel cell cars are, like any other alternative-fuelled car, somewhat controversial. As well as their high ticket price and currently limited refuelling infrastructure, hydrogen fuel cell cars are only as clean as the energy being used to generate the hydrogen they rely on to operate.

But if we leave the politics of hydrogen fuel cell cars and where the energy comes from to power them for a moment, what are they really like to drive in the real world?

Sadly, there are very few hydrogen fuel cell cars out in the wild at the moment, and those which are tend to be part of closely-guarded corporate fleets. Today however, as part of a press event to unveil a new solar-powered hydrogen generation plant in Swindon, UK, we were given the chance to put Honda’s ageing four-door Clarity FCX hydrogen fuel cell sedan through its paces — a car built in small numbers by Honda between 2008 and 2014 to test and evaluate hydrogen fuel cell technology...

...Today, we expected more of the same, but were pleasantly surprised to find that the car we were driving — a visiting U.S.-spec model from Honda’s German fuel cell study — was far quieter than the one we tried back in 2008. In fact, under normal acceleration, the driving experience felt very much like any other electric car: smooth, refined and relaxing, with the same kind of road noise that you’d find in any other well-built car...

MORE: https://transportevolved.com/2014/10/30/whats-really-like-drive-hydrogen-fuel-cell-vehicle-find/

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