Fuel Cell Powered Hyundai Tucson

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Looks like Hyundai will be bringing its Fuel Cell powered Tucson to the states in small-scale mass-production. By 2015 production will have reached about 1000 units, mostly for Europe but some could make their way to the U.S. Most of them will be produced for Fleet companies, but after 2015 the Fuel Cell powered Tucson could be sold to private consumers.

The small SUV will have a 100-kilowatt stack and is capable of 100 MPH, and can do 0-62 MPH in 12.5 seconds. The range on a full tank of Hydrogen would be 367 miles. I am not sure if all of this would be worth it for the hefty price tag, the price tag is projected to be about $52,000.

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Hyundai says that the stack gets its oxygen from ambient rather that compressed air, which means lower parasitic power loss. Your passengers will hear less noise because there is no compressor to run it. The stack feeds a lithium-ion buffer battery like that used in the Sonata Hybrid.

Please tell us if this is something you are looking into; what are your thoughts of this new Tucson? Is it something you are interested in purchasing to be environmentally friendly? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments below!

Sewage Sludge a new way to fuel your car?

A few Japanese companies are developing a way to turn  sewage sludge into reusable energy, by turning the sludge into hydrogen for use in fuel cells. Getting hydrogen from sewage is cheaper and cleaner than getting it the normal way. It can cut carbon emissions by 75% The process involves drying the sludge, the methane that is generated this way is then re heated to cook out the hydrogen gasses.

The companies that are collaborating in this process are Toyota Motor Corp. affiliate Toyota Tsusho Corp., Mitsui Chemicals Inc., Daiwa Lease Co. and Japan Blue Energy Co.  Toyota and Honda are planning on making new fuel cell vehicles in the future. Hopefully if these vehicles start being produced it can be a great way to reduce emissions in the U.S. The way to get hydrogen now is a very complicated and expensive process. If this new way works out, it will be a break through on getting the hydrogen gas.

What are your thoughts on this process of recycling waste into hydrogen gas? Do you think it will be a viable fuel source?