Nov. 30, 2006: Wired News—Honda Jets to the Future

Summary: "Honda rolled out two new concept cars at the LA Auto Show yesterday — a sports car that looks ready for the runway and a hybrid fuel cell vehicle. The silver sports car looks like a mini jet fighter and features a 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. Nice eye candy for now, but it could be the shape of real things to come.

Even more interesting, Honda has hybridized its FCX fuel cell vehicle and plans to roll out a new production model in 2008. The new FCX features and redesigned fuel cell stack and drive train that are is much lighter and 40 percent smaller than the previous model. The 127 horsepower vehicle uses a natural Bio-Fabric for the interior (yeah less plastics!), and replaces mechanical parts with a Shift By Wire transmission."

The FCX looks like a Prius on steroids. It’s supposed to act like one, too, with vastly better fuel economy and more power. Questions remain, though, about the availability and value of hydrogen as an energy storage medium. This story sparked a lively debate about the relative merits of plug-in hybrid technology (available now) versus hydrogen and fuel cell technology. What do you think?

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