Honda has plans to introduce fuel cell vehicles into the consumer market as early as 2015, but we’ve had many drivers asking us just what this means for them and what exactly a “fuel cell” is. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got the answer for you.

How Does a Fuel Cell Work

A fuel cell is basically a fancy name for a battery like those found in hybrid models, but the big difference between fuel cell cars and hybrids is that fuel cells don’t use gasoline. But then what makes them different from electric cars?

Well, they still use a fuel, which then charges a battery and propels the car. Rather than use gasoline or compressed natural gas, fuel cells are used in zero-emission vehicles that mix hydrogen and oxygen to create energy and water as their only byproducts. Does it sound like science fiction to you? Well, it was the work of sci-fi for years, but now that fuel costs have been rising and the United States government has been helping support research, automakers like Honda have been testing the waters.

You may have heard of the FCX Clarity, Honda’s fuel cell vehicle undergoing very limited testing in California, but by 2015, they hope to expand the fuel cell market substantially and make them available to your average driver.

In the meantime, if you want to drive green, your best bet is an electric vehicle or a model like the 2014 Civic Natural Gas, which contributes far less to greenhouse gas emissions than a typical gasoline-powered vehicle. Then there are hybrid options and finally just very efficient gas-powered cars. We think it’s only a matter of time before fuel cells become the norm, though, and we’re excited to see Honda pioneering this technology.

Contact a West Michigan Honda Dealer for More

If you want to learn more about the future of Honda fuel cell models, we suggest you visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer near you and talk with a sales expert. We’d love to chat with you about the future of green cars.

West Michigan Honda Dealers includes Battle Creek Honda, Betten Honda, Crown Honda, Fox Honda, River Town Honda, and Zeigler Honda.