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Honda begins production of next-generation fuel cell car

Date: 16 Jun 2008

Honda says that it has taken a step towards moving zero-emission cars into the mainstream with its announcement that it will deliver about 200 fuel cell vehicles on lease in the US and Japan in the first three years of production, and it will set up the first network of sales dealers in the US for the vehicles.

The company, which is in a race for the new technology motor solutions with competitors, notably Toyota, currently has 35 fuel cell vehicles on lease contracts, but is looking towards newer technology and lower prices to bring more widespread appeal.

The key challenge with fuel cell vehicles so far has been the high cost of producing them, and the lack of any infrastructure to provide the hydrogen fuel that they will need.

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