Cable takes a trip in Honda’s new fuel cell ve­hi­cle

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

HONDA has been bran­dish­ing its hy­dro­gen fuel cell for the first time in Bri­tain.

The FCX Clar­ity was tested, by among oth­ers, the Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Vince Cable. He con­firmed the govern­ment’s sup­port for “all forms of low car­bon ve­hi­cle technology such as hy­dro­gen fuel cells, hy­brids or sig­nif­i­cantly more ef­fi­cient con­ven­tional ve­hi­cles”.

Audi is launch­ing 2-A1 etrons on Mu­nich next year. The elec­tric su­per­hatch can achieve 81mph and has a city range of 31 miles.

A small Wankel ro­tary en­gine in the back can recharge the bat­tery to give an ad­di­tional 124 miles. In this case it rates at 148mpg and 45g/km CO2. The A1 with con­ven­tional power is on sale in Bri­tain this au­tumn.

There is now a pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the elec­tric AClass. Mercedes-Benz quotes a range of up to 124 miles with a 0-62mph time of 14 sec­onds for the five-seater ehatch.

To charge for a 62-mile range will take eight hours at home or three hours from a ded­i­cated power point.

It will go to “se­lected” cus­tomers next year. Fullscale pro­duc­tion of the elec­tric Smart, al­ready on trial, will start in 2012.

IT’S A GAS: Busi­ness Sec­re­tary, Vince Cable, drives the FCX Clar­ity, Honda’s fuel cell car. Right, the Audi A1 E-Tron.

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