Monday, July 07, 2008

The Cost of Gasoline

We could drill for oil off the coast of California and in Alaska. Forget the fact that it would take 10+ years for the drilling to yield results. Or we could simply invest in other technologies that reduce our dependence on oil to begin with.

Enter Honda's hydrogen-powered sedan: The Honda FCX. It does not use gasoline at all! It is a "fuel cell vehicle that runs on electricity powered by hyrdrogen," according to the website. The FCX is a four passenger sedan with a top speed of 100 miles per hour. No plug in at night, either. The car travels approximately 270 miles before needing a fill-up at a designated hydrogen refilling fuel station. They are working on a home energy station so you can fill up in your own garage.


It's only available in Southern California right now. Let's hope this does not go the way of the electric car.

This weekend, while at the farm celebrating the 4th, we noticed one of the party goers had a Toyota Prius. The hybrid vehicles are very interesting to us, but with a starting price of $21,500, does the savings in gasoline (45-48 miles per gallon) outweigh the cost of the vehicle? I don't know, but it is worth checking into.


The CDM said...

My question is what will be the going rate on hydro? It will be interesting to see biodiesel and home brew hydro battling it out.

Who Killed the Electric Car? An excellent flick, period.

NYC Educator said...

I've got a Prius and I love it. I get 45-50 mpg on a regular basis. I drive a lot, maybe 20K per year, and it was definitely a good deal for me. CR says Prius owners are the most satisfied car buyers around, and I'm really glad I didn't go with the Camry.

There will be better, as you say, but right now it's the best thing available. In fact, the 2010 Prius is supposed to have a better battery and plug-in capability.

The film about the electric car, though, suggested that hydrogen was not a viable technology. I certainly hope they're wrong, but we'll see.