Hydrogen Car List

Welcome to Beyond the KM’s Hydrogen Car List!

At BTKM, the thinking is that the future is NOT in petroleum. Read any major newspaper to find out why.

Hydrogen, however, presents new alternatives, and when coupled with other renewable energy resources as well as weight reduction and energy efficient drivetrain strategies, it can work to increase security, reduce emissions, regulate pricing, and provide a clear strategy and future for the automotive industry.

This list includes information about each of the cars either currently available to consumers, or soon to be available, that utilize hydrogen as a fuel source.

 

1) BMW Hydrogen  7 - 

 

Sex in the City's Kristin Davis stepping out of a sexy Hydrogen 7-series.

Sex in the City's Kristin Davis stepping out of a sexy Hydrogen 7-series.

 

 

The BMW Hydrogen 7 is the world’s first production-ready hydrogen vehicle. It’s already proving itself in the real world too: we’re putting 100 of them to the test as loan cars for leading figures from the worlds of culture, politics, business and the media, including Oscar-winning film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Erich Sixt, chairman of rental car company Sixt AG. 

Real-world experience shows that switching to hydrogen can go hand in hand with the comfort, dynamics and safety you’d expect from a BMW.

Beyond the KM has also reported about BMW’s Hydrogen 7 when it presented one to Placido Domingo.

2) Honda FCX Clarity

 

Honda will make you a FCX in whichever colour you choose, so long as you choose Garnet red.

Honda will make you a FCX in whichever colour you choose, so long as you choose Garnet red.

 

The FCX is a limited edition of vehicles leased to Southern Californians during the summer of 2008.

 

  • Three-year $600/month lease 
  • Exterior Color: Star Garnet Metallic
  • Maintenance costs included in lease. American Honda also covers the costs of physical damage to the FCX Clarity resulting from any collision.

 

 

3) VW Passat Lingyu

 

Now being tested in California, the Passat Lingyu

Now being tested in California, the Passat Lingyu

 

The Volkswagen Passat Lingyu is the latest fuel cell vehicle to join the testing program at the California Fuel Cell Partnership in Sacramento, Calif., according to an announcement issued last week by the German carmaker.

Volkswagen recently imported 16 of the zero-emissions fuel cell electric vehicles that were developed in partnership with scientists from Tongji University and debuted at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The Lingyu uses hydrogen to power an electric motor, and produces only water and oxygen as emissions.

The Passat Lingyu can achieve up to 90 mph and a range of 146 miles on a single tank of hydrogen. It has already undergone more than 50,000 miles of testing in China, according to John Tillman, spokesman for Volkswagen.

In its new home in California, the Passat Lingyu will be tested by an internal fleet of drivers in city and highway scenarios to determine how consumers use the car and to uncover any issues in a regular driving cycle, Tillman said. At this time, the vehicles are not available for the general public to drive, but Volkwagen is working on logistics to put the next generation of fuel cell prototypes into consumer hands for testing.

The Lingyu joins eight other Volkswagen fuel cell vehicles at the Caliornia Fuel Cell Partnership, including the Audi Q5 FCEV, the Touran HyMotion FCEV, the Tiguan FCEV, and the Caddy Maxi FCEV.

Other fuel cell vehicles participating in the California Fuel Cell Partnership include the Chevy Equinox, Daimler F-Cell FCV, Ford Focus FCV, GM HydroGen3, Honda Clarity, Hyundai Tucson FCEV, Kia Borrego FCEV, Kia Sportage FCVs, and Toyota FCHV.