Honda Introduces Its Next Rap Star, Er, Hydrogen Filling Test Station: MC Fill

By Jacob Brown | March 03, 2014
"Yo, I'm MC Fill, and this is what I do: Woo hydrogen-powered cars. And fuel them, too!" I hope I'm not the only one whose 1990s hip-hop imagination ran wild with the idea of a hydrogen fueling station called MC Fill. But Honda's engineers are gettin' jiggy with it and have decided to name their next-generation hydrogen station one of the dopest names around. For real, y'all. To be honest, the name MC Fill really comes from two values in a heat transfer equation. The "M" represents "mass" and the "C" represents the specific temperature used to discharge hydrogen at 70 MPa, or 700 bar, or about 1,015 PSI. The pressure in your car's tires is probably just around 35 PSI. As Honda is producing its own hydrogen-powered car for mass production in 2015, MC Fill will have a vital role in validating the new infrastructure as well as making sure the practice of filling the new car is safe and easy. The fill station is located on Honda's campus in Torrance, Calif., which, coincidentally enough, isn't too far from Toyota's Shell-affiliated hydrogen station that's located across the street from its headquarters. Using the hydrogen station, Honda has been able to drop filling times to about three minutes. Both Honda and its Toyota neighbor have been hard at work in creating new hydrogen-powered vehicles. In California, a market that caters to buyers of hydrogen-powered cars, workers are setting up an infrastructure of 35 filling stations in metropolitan areas immediately. The state plans to expand to 68 stations and then, hopefully, 100. The idea is to make the clean-burning fuel more widespread. Hydrogen is derived from water--a slow process--or from natural gas--a much faster way to extract it but far more polluting. While automakers have long experimented with the fuel, creating cars to handle the high-pressure gas has always been expensive. With the added level of interest, it is hoped that hydrogen cars will catch on in California and abroad before eventually spreading to the rest of the U.S. Source: Honda