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PHOTO CAPTION: Chevrolet Equinox, one of 100 powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Shift to Fuel Cells Still A Bad Idea, Says Bob Lutz

Bob Lutz predicts that 'unless something close to magic happens,' fuel-cells vehicles will forever be expensive 'wall flowers.'

Published: 07-Feb-2013

Well, we’re hearing it again: the hydrogen fuel cell represents the future of automotive transportation. Japanese and German automakers have formed new alliances to develop fuel cell technology, and the father of the Prius, Toyota’s Takeshi Uchiyamada, is saying that it holds more promise than battery electric vehicles, which he says haven’t worked out to be “a viable replacement” for gas-powered cars. Clean, silent, (well, OK, a high-pitched whistling sound), uses no fuel whatsoever, except hydrogen, the most plentiful element on the planet, and emits only water vapor. The range is way more than that of almost all electric vehicles!

It’s the hydrogen future! Who wouldn’t want all that?

Trouble, as always, is that there are some major speed-bumps on the way to fuel-free utopia.

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