Honda readies fuel-cell carUSA

USA Today:Honda’s FCX fuel-cell car ready for its close-up


The biggest customer issue is expected to be the lack of noise.

It will be interesting to see how the automaker deals with the noise issue. Honda knows people want to hear something when they step on the throttle. Otherwise there’s little to reinforce the feeling of acceleration. A noiseless car can seem sluggish even if it’s not. But what kind of sound, and how do you get it from an electric powerplant?

No point putting it on the list anytime soon. In 2008, it’s expected to be available only in places where hydrogen refueling stations are available, such as California, Detroit, Washington.

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