I went to see the Hydrogen Road Show with Mom yesterday out at Gateway Community College. It was incredibly hot outside, and of course they held the show in the parking lot so we only stayed for about 20 minutes. It was easy to tell that the automotive representatives were nearing the end of their roadshow because they really didn’t want to talk to us. In fact, most of them were just downright rude. Maybe they just weren’t used to the Arizona heat.
We saw the Toyota Full Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV), BMW Hydrogen-7, Volkswagon Touran HY-MOTION, Nissan X-TRAIL Fuel Cell Vehicle and the Mercedes F-CELL.
The cars were generally neat to see. I got to sit inside the driver seat on all of them and push some buttons. In a lot of ways they are exactly like the cars of today, with some minor adjustments. Most of them had less trunk space due to invasion of extra tanks. Some of them have warning stickers on the steering wheel that say “OUTDOOR PARKING ONLY.” The Nissan rep was telling us it’s because they are essentially bombs on wheels!
I was most impressed with the Nissan X-TRAIL SUV. It had a lot of room, was incredibly quiet when it was turned on, and had a nice clean look. The Mercedes F-CELL was pretty neat too, although I was certainly crunched in the driver seat. It was really tiny inside. My knees were smashed into the steering wheel and it wasn’t really evident how to adjust the seat or the wheel. I guess that’s why they call them “concept cars!”
I’ve posted the rest of the pictures on Flickr.
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