Hydrogen cars could be headed to showroom near you

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Cars that run on hydrogen and exhaust only water vapor are emerging to challenge electric vehicles. (AP) Cars that run on hydrogen and exhaust only water vapor are emerging to challenge electric vehicles. (AP)
SummaryCars that run on hydrogen and exhaust only water vapor are emerging to challenge electric vehicles.

technology has not advanced enough.

''This is the sort of technology that makes batteries look old-fashioned,'' says North American CEO John Krafcik.

But skeptics say hydrogen fueling stations are more expensive than electric car charging stations, partly because electricity is almost everywhere and new and safe ways for producing, storing and transferring hydrogen will be needed.

Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Nissan Motor Co., which has bet heavily on electric vehicles for its future, is one vocal skeptic.

''Having a prototype is easy. The challenge is mass-marketing,'' he told reporters. He said he did not see a mass-market fuel cell as viable before 2020.

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