THE HYDROGEN CAR

ANCHOR: THE BIGGEST AUTOMOTIVE TREND OF 2013 WAS THE ELECTRIC CAR WITH MANY OF THE WORLD’S AUTOMAKERS FROM HERE AND ABROAD INTRODUCING VEHICLE POWERED BY ELECTRICITY. AN EMERGING AUTOMOTIVE TREND FOR 2014 LOOKS LIKE IT MAY BE THE HYDROGEN CAR. TOYOTA, HONDA AND HYUNDAI ARE ALL COMMITTED TO HYDROGEN VEHICLES, SO WE SENT OUR AUTOMOTIVE EXPERT NIK MILES TAKES A LOOK AT WHAT IS TO COME

NIK ON CAM: THE TRADITIONAL GAS PUMP. IT HAS BEEN FUELING OUR CARS SINCE THE 1920’S. IN RECENT YEARS THE GAS PUMP HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH ELECTRICAL CHARGER. BUT IT LOOKS LIKE WE MAY HAVE A THIRD FUEL TO CONTEND WITH IN THE FUTURE.

NIK VO: WHEN THE FIRST HYDROGEN ENGINE WAS BUILT THOMAS JEFFERSON WAS PRESIDENT AND NAPOLEON WAS AT WAR WITH RUSSIA. THE YEAR WAS 1807 BUT IT TOOK OVER 200 YEARS TO DEVELOP HYDROGEN ENGINE INTO AN EFFICIENT PROPULSION SYSTEM THAT CAN BE USED IN THE MODERN CAR CARS.

THE FUEL CELL CONVERSION ALLOWS HYDROGEN TO REACT WITH OXYGEN TO PRODUCE ELECTRICITY THAT POWERS AN ELECTRIC MOTOR IN A VEHICLE. THE ONLY EMISSION IS WATER. AND THIS SYSTEM ALLOWS VEHICLES LIKE THE NEW HYUNDAI TUCSON FUEL CELL TO GO 300 MILES BETWEEN REFILLS.

HYUNDAI TELL US THAT THE TUCSON FUEL CELL WILL BE LEASED TO SELECT CUSTOMERS FOR $499 PER MONTH WHICH WILL INCLUDE UNLIMITED HYDROGEN REFUELING AND ALL REQUIRED MAINTENANCE
TO GIVE POTENTIAL BUYERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY THE NEW HYUNDAI TUCSON FUEL CELL. ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR WILL OFFER THE VEHICLES AS A CHOICE TO SOME OF ITS CUSTOMERS. BUT THE LEASE AND RENTAL OF THIS ALTERNATIVE FUELED CUV WILL START IN SELECTED AREAS OF LOS ANGELES ONLY.

BOTH TOYOTA AND HONDA HAVE ALONG HAD THEIR EYE ON BRINGING HYDROGEN VEHICLES TO MARKET. HONDA UNVEILED A HYDROGEN CAR CONCEPT AT THE LA AUTO SHOW THIS YEAR SAYING IT WILL COME TO MARKET IN TWO YEARS. NOT TO BE OUTPACED TOYOTA ANNOUNCED IT WILL BRING THE FCV CONCEPT TO MARKET IN 2015. A HYDROGEN FOUR SEATER SEDAN.

NIK ON CAM. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FOR MANUFACTURERS AND CONSUMER WHO WANT HYDROGEN CARS IS THE FUEL INFRASTRUCTURE. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE VERY FEW HYDROGEN FILLING STATION IN THE US AND AT A COST OF 1 MILLION DOLLARS EACH TO BUILD IT MIGHT BE SOME TIME BEFORE THIS NEW FUEL IS READYLY AVAILABLE.

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