Can we finally dump our fossil-fueled cars? The FCX, Honda's new hydrogen-powered car, recently earned the EPA's lowest national emission rating and met all the US safety standards, reports The Japan Times' web site, and over the next three years, Honda plans to lease 30 hydrogen-powered cars in Tokyo and California. Honda is the first manufacturer to meet both the environmental and safety standards, and now other car manufacturers are in hot pursuit. GM unveiled its new Fuel Cell Development Center five days after Honda announced its intention to lease the FCX and is gunning to be the first company to sell one million fuel-cell vehicles. And though it may be a few more years until the clean-energy cars are easily accessible, major manufacturers seem to be fighting for the new market.
--Sara V. Buckwitz
Honda to Begin Leasing Fuel Cell Vehicles by Year-End
from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy