Monday, September 25, 2006

Honda unveils new clean diesel, fuel-cell cars

Honda showed that it is responding to greater interest in environment-friendly vehicles by showing a revolutionary clean diesel vehicle and sleek, streamlined fuel-cell cars.

Diesel cars are becoming popular among those worried about problems like global warming as they are significantly more fuel-efficent than gasoline vehicles. However, diesel engines also tend to release polluting nitrogen oxide into the air. Honda's new engine processes the nitrogen oxide into harmless nitrogen before releasing it into the air.

In this undated photo released by Honda Motor Co. on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, Honda's next-generation fuel cell car, the FCX Concept, runs at a test facility in Haga-Machi, north of Tokyo. The fuel cell vehicle from the Japanese automaker, scheduled for limited marketing in Japan and the U.S. in 2008, has a slick, streamlined, close-to-the-ground look that's atypical of such vehicles. But it still delivers the superclean drive of a fuel cell, which runs on the power produced when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen that's stored in the car's fuel tank, creating only harmless water vapor. (AP Photo/Honda Motor Co., HO)
An undated photo released by Honda Motor Co. on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, shows Honda's next-generation fuel cell car, the FCX Concept, at a test facility in Haga-Machi, north of Tokyo. The fuel cell vehicle has a streamlined, close-to-the-ground look that's unusual such vehicles. But it still delivers the superclean drive of a fuel cell, which runs on the power produced when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen that's stored in the car's fuel tank, creating only harmless water vapor. AP Photo/Honda Motor Co., HO via Yahoo News.

The new fuel cell stack is 20 percent smaller than older types and sits between the driver and passenger seat in the front allowing for a less box-like design as found in previous fuel-cell cars.

"Honda believes in the importance of keeping a creative spirit and upholding high ideals," company President Takeo Fukui told reporters.


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