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Fuel Cell Safety: Why hydrogen cars like Honda’s Clarity are safe

Fuel Cell Safety: Why hydrogen cars like Honda’s Clarity are safe

"Will it explode?" isn't the question Honda dealers want to be answering about the 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell, but hydrogen's tricky history means they'll probably hear it more than once. Fuel cell engines are faintly magical in science terms, taking hydrogen, converting it into electricity, and then emitting nothing but water as a waste product. Problem is, say "hydrogen" and many people hear "Hindenburg".

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2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell First Drive: Hydrogen Hero

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell First Drive: Hydrogen Hero

Strange new hydrogen fuel; same reassuring Honda experience. That's the equation the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is counting on for success, a four-door premium sedan straddling the cutting edge of propulsion and the familiarity behind the wheel that the automaker is known for. Not a science experiment, or an ecological hair-shirt, but simply guilt-free driving with nothing but pure water coming out of its hidden tailpipe.

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Hyundai’s fuel-cell concept car has a surprise in the trunk

Hyundai’s fuel-cell concept car has a surprise in the trunk

Hyundai has revealed its latest green car concept, the FE Fuel Cell Concept, powered by hydrogen and emitting only pure water. The car, shown off this week at the Geneva Motor Show 2017, has a range of around 500 miles, the automaker says. That's considerably higher than Hyundai's current production fuel cell car, the ix35 or Tucson Fuel Cell.

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This is the cheaper, smaller fuel-cell GM and Honda see taking hydrogen mainstream

This is the cheaper, smaller fuel-cell GM and Honda see taking hydrogen mainstream

GM and Honda have revealed the hydrogen fuel-cell engine the two companies plan to put into mass production come 2020, set to find its way under the hood of vehicles from both brands. Running on hydrogen gas, and emitting only pure water as a waste product, the engine promises an alternative zero-emissions strategy to pure-electric, battery powered vehicles. That's not to say it'll have an easy ride, however.

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Hyundai developing next fuel cell SUV with 348-mile range

Hyundai developing next fuel cell SUV with 348-mile range

Hyundai's first fuel cell was the 2014 Tucson SUV, and despite it already being overpriced and lacking in range compared to rival vehicles, the car maker is hard at work on a successor that ups the ante. According to Nikkei, the Japanese business publication, Hyundai is planing to debut a second generation fuel cell SUV in early 2018, boasting a range of 348 miles on a single tank.

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Honda’s first Clarity Fuel Cell cars reach hydrogen-loyal drivers

Honda’s first Clarity Fuel Cell cars reach hydrogen-loyal drivers

Honda has delivered the first of its Clarity Fuel Cell cars, with six drivers picking up the keys to their new, hydrogen-powered steeds. The car, revealed more than a year ago when we drove the prototype in Japan, is only the latest in a series of fuel-cell based models for Honda. However, it's among the first that has been offered to the general public.

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This zero-emission Nikola truck wants to make diesel history

This zero-emission Nikola truck wants to make diesel history

The future of American trucking is hydrogen-electric, ambitious startup Nikola Motors claims, and we've now seen the 1,200 mile range semi it thinks will start the revolution. Unveiled this week, the Nikola One may look at first glance like a traditional diesel truck, but under the skin it's a very different story. A smarter powertrain, connected cabin, and longer running on a single tank of fuel - paired with doubly-ambitious hydrogen fuel network plans - could make this the revolution hauling has been waiting for.

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Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota unveiled its newest hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle in Japan this week, but it's not a four-door sedan or crossover SUV; it's a bus intended for public transportation. The zero-emission bus uses the same technology as Toyota's new Mirai fuel cell sedan, and the plan is to have a fleet of 100 or so running in Tokyo in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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Nissan’s 2020 fuel-cell plans put bio-ethanol in the tank

Nissan’s 2020 fuel-cell plans put bio-ethanol in the tank

Nissan is getting into the fuel-cell car business, but unlike rivals like Toyota and Honda, it's not looking to hydrogen to power its environmentally-friendly vehicle. Instead, Nissan is looking to harness bio-ethanol electric power, using a range of different fuels - including some sourced from sugarcane or corn - to power an electric car.

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Honda Clarity fuel-cell vehicle goes on sale for limited buyers

Honda Clarity fuel-cell vehicle goes on sale for limited buyers

In development for several years now, Honda's hydrogen-powered Clarity FCV (fuel-cell vehicle) is finally ready to begin sales. The four-door sedan won't be easy to get your hands on, however, as it's only available to a select few: being in Japan is only half the requirement, with the other being that you need to live close enough to the roughly 15 hydrogen filling stations in the entire country. At least you'll get much better range than an all-electric car.

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What you need to know about hydrogen fuel-cell cars

What you need to know about hydrogen fuel-cell cars

When it comes to selling a green vision, hydrogen power has an advantage: a glass of pure water the only thing spilling from your tailpipe. Despite that, fuel-cell based cars have been slow to reach the market, but your options in the US are set to double - to, admittedly, two models - by the end of the year.

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Honda puts a price on its 2016 Clarity Fuel Cell car

Honda puts a price on its 2016 Clarity Fuel Cell car

Honda has priced up its Clarity FCV fuel-cell car, though big questions abound about the hydrogen-powered sedan. Set to go up for lease in a single market - if you guessed California, you're not wrong - before the end of the year, the Clarity Fuel Cell has seemingly taken its lead from Toyota's existing hydrogen car.

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