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Honda Plans to Offer Fuel-Cell Car by 2003

IN BRIEF / AUTOS

July 05, 2001|Bloomberg News

Honda Motor Co., Japan's second-biggest auto maker, said it will unveil a hydrogen fuel-cell car by 2003, joining Toyota Motor Corp. as one of the first companies to sell vehicles powered by the low-pollution technology.

Honda said it received permission from Japan's transport officials to operate the FCX-V3 prototype fuel-cell car from mid-July on public highways and city streets, after road tests last year in California.

Fuel cells, now used mainly on spacecraft, are battery-like devices that generate electricity by combining hydrogen with oxygen to power a motor in cars and trucks. Under ideal conditions, the reaction produces only water vapor.

Auto makers are competing to develop fuel-cell systems in hopes of making theirs the dominant technology.

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