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  •  that 25% was the quote (1+ / 0-)
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    Erasmussimo

    from one of the articles -- I didn't "say it".

    I would imagine the costs will be fluid for a while.

    the Autopia article, quoting the Lab, said:

    “two to three orders of magnitude cheaper,”

    that generally means 100-1000 times cheaper

    (10^2  to 10^3)  as I read it.  (someone correct me, here.)


    Don't know the answer to your 2nd question,
    I didn't research Natural Gas, yesterday.

    But I suspect it would work, and it a cleaner alternative to Gasoline,
    though certainly not nearly as clean as Hydrogen -- which has No HydroCarbon chains to burn, like NG.


    Got Time?
    Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

    by jamess on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 09:10:21 AM PDT

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    •  So what's the final price? (3+ / 0-)
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      Sparhawk, jamess, Odysseus

      OK, let's assume then that the cost of platinum is completely eliminated from the overall cost of the fuel cell. The source you quoted estimated that the platinum comprises 25% of the total cost of the fuel cell. Do we have any better numbers? If not, I think that the final price of the hydrogen-fueled car would still be well above $35K. Ugh.

      Bill Mosby presented an excellent reason why we don't want to use LNG in cars.

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