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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 9, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                Hydrogenpowered cars finally get a serious look Sunday January 9 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN A3 The Washington Post The brakes are controlled by a computer so the car can stop a full length shorter than most Each rear wheel has its own motor and can turn by itself which not only improves traction but also makes parallel parking a snap And the only thing this car emits is water vapor But for all the exotic giz mos on the Sequel an experi mental hydrogenpowered car to be shown today by General Motors the biggest breakthrough is that it is designed to drive as far and accelerate as quickly as the cars in most driveways The Sequel on fuelcell technology until now has not matched the overall perfor mance of gasoline engines GM is introducing the car at the North American Interna tional Auto Show in Detroit as rival companies make similar announcements Passengers at DallasFort Worth International Airport will soon ride on buses with hydrogenpowered engines Ford Motor Co CEO William Clay Ford Jr is to announce today Ford also will announce plans to create three gaso lineelectric hybrid vehicles for retail sale and to rush the hybrid Mercury Mariner sport utility vehicle to showrooms later this year year ahead of schedule to capitalize on consumer interest in hybrids Honda is showing off a new generation hydrogenfuelcell car called the FCX for the first time this week While the car isnt intended for retail sale it will show up in municipal fleets in New York California and elsewhere in the coming year After a century of depen dence on oilbased fuel the auto industry is finally giv ing consumers a serious look at a future with little or no gasoline power The prod ucts showing up this week in Detroit have far more cor porate support than recent electricitypowered vehicles and are advanced beyond the demonstration vehicles shown by car companies over the last few years The fleet of fuelcell minivans that GM maintains in Washington for example has limited range and must be operated by com pany employees By contrast Honda lets almost anyone drive its FCX In a recent feature on the automotive research site a reviewer described picking up the FCX from a valetparking attendant Hydrogen is still years away from reducing the nations dependence on foreign oil No one has yet figured out how to generate large amounts of hydrogen without causing as much pol lution as internalcombustion engines how create or how to pay for a nationwide distribu tion network And the vehicles are prohibitively expensive if GMs Sequel were for sale it would cost as much as a ware house full of Corvettes Still auto industry execu tives say their business is on the verge of a fundamental change Its a frenzy to get out front with new technology Guidalupc at ManhiHJn next to Cardragmut said Mary Ann Wright director of such efforts at Ford What youre seeing is a groundswell not industry pushing as much as everybody demand ing that we really get serious about these People have sent that mes sage in the way car companies understand best by buying products such as the Toyota Prius the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Ford Escape Hybrid Rising fuel prices instabil ity in the Middle East and concerns about global warm ing have helped sustain the hybrid phenomenon and car buyers have even turned away from the biggest SUVs in favor of smaller models Most automakers consider hybrids to be a step toward the ultimate solution hydro gen fuel cells Fuel cells work by combining hydrogen with oxygen to create heat and electricity with water the only byproduct Though many people associate hydrogen with disasters the hydro gen bomb or the Hindehburg zeppelin explosion in 1937 scientists say the gas is in many ways safer than gaso line Hydrogen is the lightest element so leaks dissipate quickly and are difficult to concentrate enough to ignite Hydrogen is stable so it wont explode just from an impact But those same properties make it challenging to store hydrogen in a largeenough quantity to power a vehicle The Bush administration has pledged billion over five years to sustain a govern mentindustry research part nership on hydrogen power modern autoworks 9894242 Jeep Specialists Dedicated to Qualify Since 1992 Wayward bomb kills at least 5 in Iraq Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD Iraq forces mistakenly dropped a 500pound bomb on a house outside the northern city of Mosul early Saturday morning the military acknowledged killing at least five Iraqis In an unusual step the military released a statement saying the wrong house had been bombed and expressing regret at the loss of pos sibly innocent The homeowner and witnesses in Aitha 30 miles south of Mosul put the death toll at 14 all from the same family Half of those killed were children the Iraqis said Six other people were injured in the bombing The brick house struck in the predawn attack was reduced to rubble Neighbors described a grisly futile search for victims remains We wanted to get the bod ies out from under the said Zaydan Mizai 34 The bomb however had left little behind to recover he said The errant attack came at a time when and Iraqi mil itary planners have stepped up operations in Mosul responding to pressure to quell violence in Iraqs thirdlargest city before the national election just three weeks away Nineveh province which includes Mosul is among four restive regions that officials have characterized as too volatile to conduct a vote The airstrike came amid a The Associated Press Residents gather around a house reduced to rubble Saturday in the village of Aitha Iraq south of Mosul The military said it dropped a 500pound bomb on the wrong house killing five people The homeowner said the bomb killed 14 surge of violence Insurgents have killed nearly 100 people in the past week At least five people died in fresh attacks Saturday The airstrike in Aitha was meant to support ground troops searching for an insur gent cell leader officials said An F16 jet dropped one laserguided bomb but hit the wrong spot The house was not the intended target for the the military said in its statement The intended target was another location Tension has increased in Mosul as the Jan 30 elections grow nearer On Saturday multinational forces in Mosul arrested a man described as a key associate of Abu Musab alZarqawi the Jordanian mil itant with links to alQaida An additional 17 suspects were detained accused of planning or conducting attacks In the next week or so you will see a considerable increase in presence and control of a senior Embassy official said speaking on condition of anonymity My guess is that people will be able to vote in Mosul by the Violence has also worsened elsewhere Gunmen abducted four Salahuddin provincial officials including the head of the provincial council Ali Ghalib as they drove back from meeting with Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to discuss the election Militants 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