TOKYO — In the age of electric vehicles, the hydrogen fuel cell tends to look either hopelessly too far behind the times or too far ahead. As automakers prepare for a market of full battery-electrics, even fuel cell proponents seem to be dragging their feet on hydrogen-powered cars.
Last year, fuel cell pioneer Honda Motor Co. pulled the plug on its Clarity sedan, leaving the company without a fuel cell offering for the first time since 2008. Industrywide, fuel cell vehicle volume remains a dribble compared with the fire hose of EVs coming online.
But the technology is still taking shape.