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This Hydrogen Fueled 18 Wheeler At Southern California Ports Emits Only Water From Tailpipe

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Click. My iPhone paints a glow on my face. I squint. It’s 5 a.m. At least I think it’s 5. Sleeping with my contacts in requires a few exaggerated blinks to be sure. I slowly tilt upright and prepare for a whole new kind of comparison test.

While I quickly shave, likely holding the razor backward, I look in the mirror. This time it’s just you and me, buddy, and eight cars. The octet consists of the best relatively affordable representatives of today’s high-efficiency and low-emissions powertrain tech. They’ll inevitably battle for supremacy. But for now, they coexist, if uneasily eyeing each other.

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With the diesel engine’s recent VW-assisted suicide, that winnows our herd to electrified drivetrains: two hybrids, two plug-in hybrids, a duo of EVs, and a pair of hydrogen fuel cell cars—which are electric cars, too, by the way. Two by two, we’re going to pick the best from each pair. I grimace at the looming task and head out the door.

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