F-Cell: A Breath of Fresh Exhaust

Hydrogen fuel cell prototype marks next step toward emissions-free cars.

Published: 18-Nov-2005

People may one day be drinking water out of their car exhaust pipes.

A group of UCLA professors demonstrated a new hydrogen fuel cell car Thursday afternoon by driving it from UCLA to California State University, Northridge. A presentation was held at CSUN regarding the vehicle, which the professors view as the future of transportation.

Showcasing a new DaimlerChrysler F-Cell hydrogen car, chemical and biomolecular engineering Chair Vasilious Manousiouthakis said that the only by-product produced by hydrogen-powered cars is water vapor, which, if unmixed with other impurities, may be clean enough to drink.


LA couple lease Honda FCX fuel cell car in a grandiose experiment to demonstrate feasibility of the technology, except the local fire department won't let them use the hydrogen home refueling station Honda installed.

The eP-Ice Bear ice resurfacer is ideal for indoor use due to its zero-emissions powertrain that produces only water as a byproduct.

Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project will include two other field test sites in California.


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