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By Ben Oliver
01 August 2007 02:00
That full rear end is designed to accommodate the large and heavily reinforced hydrogen tank but also leave a decent boot and rear seat space. It feeds a new-design vertical fuel cell stack between the front seats which now weighs just a third as much as Honda’s last effort; it has been making them since 1999, don't forget. The electricity the cell produces turns an electric motor in the nose and two small in-wheel motors in the rears; all the motors are tiny, allowing that dainty nose. But the FCX is also a hybrid; regenerative braking captures the energy that would otherwise be lost and uses it to charge an expensive but lightweight lithium-ion battery, as used in the Tesla Roadster and your laptop. This gives the FCX its impressive range. Only pure water comes from the tailpipe.
In some respects like a normal car, which is good news. The AC electric motors deliver their torque instantly, making the FCX feel quicker than its 10-second 0-60mph time. There’s strong grip, meaty and direct steering and tight body control; this is no concept-special but a car plainly designed to be driven. But like other fuel-cell or electric vehicles it’s eerily silent; with only the occasional sigh from the electric motor up front, and a gurgle from the fuel cell beside you as it clears itself of water. It takes some getting used to.
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