DETROIT -- Everybody wants clean vehicles, but DaimlerChrysler AG scored a big public-relations victory recently by showing off a new fuel cell vehicle whose “fuel” is related to common laundry detergent. The race to develop practical fuel cells to power future vehicles is progressing well, but fuel issues are starting to look like a major roadblock to advancing the technology further. Auto makers are struggling to develop ways to “gas up” hydrogen-powered fuel cells like conventional ...

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