How do they feel to drive?

* Hydrogen-powered cars planned * Zero emissions * On sale to public by 2015...

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What Car? Staff
14 May 2009

How do they feel to drive?

How do they feel to drive?
It's amazing how far hydrogen fuel cell cars have progressed in just three years. We drove a 2005 Kia Sportage and a 2008 Kia Borrego (a large SUV not sold in Europe) which had the technology fitted, and the newer car with a fuel stack that's 43% more powerful and a super capacitor to store energy in place of batteries was more driveable and refined.

There's barely any noise with either both are quiet enough to catch a cyclist or pedestrian off-guard but the Sportage whistles when it is accelerating, whereas the Borrego is totally quiet.

There's no transmission with either just a lever with the same P-R-N-D positions you find in an automatic car. Anyone who has ever driven an automatic could simply hop in and drive the fuel cell car. It's that easy.