PHOTO CAPTION: Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell sedan

Consumer Reports Hosts 'Car of the Future' Symposium

Honda's Home Energy Station IV can produce hydrogen fuel for the Clarity, as well as heat and electricity, to an average-size home fueled with natural gas.

Published: 06-Oct-2008

For a group of automakers, industry insiders and entrepreneurs, a Consumer Reports symposium on the "Car of the Future" provided a truly electric moment.

Whether it was a plug-in hybrid from Ford, a fuel-cell-powered SUV from General Motors or an older Volkswagen and DeLorean converted to battery operation, all of the discussion ended in the same place: electric-powered motors.

The differences focused on how the electricity reaches the wheels. As one person said at the Sept. 26 symposium at Consumer Reports' East Haddam test center: The motors don't really care where the electrons are flowing from.


The Cadillac Provoq fuel cell concept uses GM's E-Flex propulsion system, combining the new fifth-generation fuel cell system and a lithium-ion battery to produce an electrically driven vehicle that uses no petroleum and has no emission other than water.

Powered by a 100 kW electric engine and fuel cell stack, the i-Blue is capable of running more than 370 miles per refueling and achieves a maximum speed of more than 100 miles per hour.

Based on the full-size 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD pickup truck, the vehicle underwent extensive internal modifications to meet the technical demands and requirements needed to run on a compressed hydrogen fuel system.


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