Beware of Mileage Scams – The Hydrogen Assist Fuel Cell

NBC Dateline
NBC Dateline
Last night I watched NBC’s Dateline investigation on a company proclaiming that by installing their device, The Hydrogen Assist Fuel Cell, it is very rare that you don’t increase your fuel economy by 50%. The device, which costs about $2000 installed, was installed on a vehicle that Dateline purchased. The vehicle’s mileage was tested by a government approved company, Compliance and Research Services, before and after installation to see if there was a significant increase in mileage and a decrease in emissions. The fuel economy and emissions did not change after installing the nearly $2000 device. Read the transcript or watch the full investigation titled “Fast money: Car device seller’s scheme unravels” at

You know what…if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is! I truly believe today’s car manufacturers are racing to be fuel efficient to ensure their own survival. The next 10 years will probably see significant increases in gas-electric hybrids, electric vehicles, and manufacturer produced hydrogen fuel cells.

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Michael Gray

Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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