Honda VP Asks for Tax Credit for Fuel Cell Vehicle 'Buyers'

Mr Mendel's comments follow Toyota's appeal to the US government to extend the current tax-credit scheme for hybrid drivers.

Published: 17-Jan-2007

A leading Honda executive has called for tax-credit schemes aimed at hybrid car drivers to be extended to buyers of fuel cell-powered cars in order to encourage greater consumer investment in the technology.

In an interview with USA Today, John Mendel, the vice president of Honda in the US, said that providing further tax breaks for hybrid car buyers would not be the right move, as hybrids "are a bridge technology to something else".

Instead, he argued, the benefits should be provided to fuel cell car drivers, as fuel cell technology continues to "push the envelope" in the development of energy-saving technology, and should therefore be encouraged.


The FCX+HES combination can supply power to the grid and pull power from the grid as needs change throughout the day.

Nuvera's automotive fuel cell technology featured in the Fiat Panda Hydrogen was officially presented at the first Hydrogen Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Cars equipped with a rotary engine feature a dual-fuel system that allows the driver to select either hydrogen or gasoline with the flick of a switch.


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