Japan's Honda starts production of fuel-cell car

16 June 2008 23:15  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Honda Motor has started production of a line of fuel-cell powered automobiles at a plant in Japan, the company said on Monday.

Leased sales of the vehicle, the FCX Clarity, could start in the US next month, Honda said. Already, the first FCX that met US specifications had come off of the plant's production line.

Leased sales in Japan should start in the fall, company said.

Combined sales should reach a few dozen within a year and about 200 within three years, Honda said.

Fuel cells are made with polymer membranes, such as DuPont's Nafion.

Fuel cells also rely on hydrogen to generate electricity.

Honda did not say how the hydrogen for the cars would be produced.

However, a likely source would be natural gas, a feedstock on which the US chemical industry heavily depends.

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