A peek under the floorboard of a fuel cell car

San Francisco Chronicle reporter test-drives Mercedes-Benz fuel cell car.

Filling up the F-Cell is not that different from gassing up the family sedan. In place of a gas cap is a coupling device that fits into the end of the hydrogen hose. PG&E garage official Cornell Lee first clamped a ground strap to the F-Cell car to dissipate static electricity, then hitched up the hose to the car’s coupling device. About one minute later, the car had taken its fill, a shade over 1 kilogram of hydrogen.


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