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 Dateline.MSNBC.com.
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.