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Honda’s ‘Hydrogen Boy’ pees his way to a cleaner world

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:14 EDT
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A little boy urinating might not easily conjure up images of a cleaner world, but Honda had other ideas Thursday as it tries to promote its green-car technology.

The Japanese firm erected a 6.6-foot replica of famous Brussels landmark Manneken Pis — the bronze statue of a boy peeing into a fountain — for its display at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The not-so-little plastic “Piss Boy,” as the famous statue is known in Japan, was meant to show how the company’s fuel-cell technology works, earning it the moniker “Hydrogen Boy.”

A hydrogen tank is strapped to his back.

“When hydrogen and oxygen go into a fuel cell, they react chemically and generate power,” the boy’s recorded voice tells passersby in Japanese, his eyes flashing as he urinates into a pool below.

“But only water comes out. Dribble, dribble.”

Honda said Thursday it would roll out a commercial fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, a day after rival Toyota promised a similar offering as competition in the sector heats up.

Fuel-cell vehicles are considered the holy grail of green cars because they emit nothing but water vapor from the tailpipe and can operate on hydrogen produced using renewable methods.

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