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For a moment, after the little red Start button, it like nothing has happened. a kaleidoscope of colors erupts the multi-level instrument panel, by the soft whine of a compressor. s new FCX fuel-cell vehicle has come to

As regular readers of TheCarConnection.com are aware, virtually every is tinkering with hydrogen and for good reason. Whether you the lightweight gas in an internal combustion or feed it into a fuel stack, what you get on the dirty is effectively no more than vapor. In a world worrying smog and global warming, is seen, by many, as the ultimate fuel.

In recent months, we ve had the to test a variety of hydrogen-powered such as the Chevrolet Equinox vehicle and BMW s Hydrogen-7, which the internal combustion route. But s FCX takes the technology to an entirely new

First seen at the 2005 Motor Show, Honda to begin leasing the FCX for $600 a and not just to carefully selected fleets, but to everyday consumers. The experiment is also a risky exposing the Clarity to all the daily faced by your typical from bad weather to fussy

The FCX Clarity is a shining symbol of the we ve made with fuel vehicles and of our belief in the promise of technology, proclaims American president and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura. by step, with continuous commitment and focus, we are working to obstacles to the mass-market potential of hydrogen fuel-cell automobiles.

While the first retail will still have to a few months, we were given the to take the FCX for a spin around Los starting out in Santa Monica, heading up the coast to fire-ravaged During our time behind the we had the chance to put the fuel-cell vehicle a variety of different situations, city streets to open charging up steep inclines and twisty canyon roads. And our impression?

Well, we ll get to that, in a

A hydrogen-powered jellybean

Honda has applied the FCX badge to several The outgoing model is a chunky-looking hatchback. The new edition is decidedly stylish and roomy.

Honda has a valuable lesson from its rival, Toyota. whose is a distinctive visual standout. You won t the Clarity, either, and during our it seemed like everyone a closer look.

The FCX is a futuristic first impressions suggesting a between the new Honda Accord and the Toss in a dash of the Honda concept vehicle that in Tokyo, last month at the show car s split rear which folds over the tailgate. If we had any complaint, surprisingly, it was visibility, despite the sedan s of glass.

Inside, the compact FCX likely qualify as a full-size even with the driver s set to handle my 6 2 frame, there was of legroom in the back. The sedan s panel vaguely resembles of the new Accord, with its stairstep There s a huge, high-res LCD for the navigation system, or to display the power system at work

The instrument panel centers a flashing, multi-color cluster looks a lot like Tokyo at and can be nearly as distracting, as you struggle to what the various fluorescent signify.

Our test car had a surprising number of fit-and-finish problems, but we re willing to Honda a pass, considering is a prototype of an extremely low-volume, hand-built car. Nonetheless, we re for typically Honda-level refinement the first cars actually customers.

The FCX is extremely well-equipped, with niceties such as digital climate control, (radar) cruise control, navigation, and a sweet AM/FM/CD/XM system with a jack for iPod or MP3 player.

Oddly, the doors and windows are power-operated, the are manual. Then again, not, as weight clearly when you re going for maximum

In terms of safety, the FCX Clarity is well-equipped, with six airbags, brakes, stability and traction active headrests, and a radar-guided mitigation system.


Though it s extremely aerodynamic, the FCX a conventional steel body, a steel chassis and aluminum rather than the costly, materials that could been used. Even so, the are impressive. The FCX delivers an estimated of 270 miles on a tank full of Since it holds four of the stuff, that works out to an 68 miles per gallon. (The EPA a kilogram of hydrogen to equal a of gas.)

A bit of a primer is called for A fuel cell stack of a series of permeable membranes with noble metals, platinum, rhodium and palladium. The passes through the membrane, in the shedding an electron, the basic of the electricity that runs a vehicle s electric motor.

When the hydrogen combines air, it forms water, you can spot coming out of the FCX tailpipe as steam or a spray of liquid.

The Honda stack, along the rest of the fuel-cell system, is 400 pounds lighter than in the FCX, the stack itself now a fifth the size of early The overall drive system, officials note, is roughly the size as a comparable gasoline-electric It s also able to handle the heat a driver might in Southern California, as well as a low of -30 Celsius (about -22 F).

Honda chose to go with a low-pressure tank, storing those 4 kg of at 350 bar, or 5000 psi. Motors, with its new Equinox is opting for higher 700 bar/10,000 psi but that raises storage significantly, requires tremendous to compress the gas, and doesn t double the amount of hydrogen you can in a given space. The industry is to keep the storage debate for a number of years.

Firing up the is simple: just press the button. It takes a few seconds for the to come alive, but once it you simply shift into with an IP-mounted contraption vaguely resembles a BMW 7-Series

Step on the throttle and you re likely to be by the Clarity s aggressive launch. The produces 100 kilowatts of power, a modest additional assist the onboard batteries, which much like those in s gas-electric hybrids. That out to a seemingly modest 134 horsepower, but the underrate the actual kick of an drive system, where you get torque the moment the motor to turn.

From 0 to 30 mph, the FCX delivers serious acceleration. It slacks off as you highway speed, but that t mean it s a slouch. We were to easily merge onto the I-10, in Santa Monica. and soared to near 90 mph.

around town, the FCX Clarity keep up with traffic.


Later, as we headed up the Pacific Coast Highway Malibu. we were impressed the agility of the sedan, which zipped from lane-to-lane. As we off onto Malibu Canyon the fuel-cell vehicle shot up the incline without any hesitation, and bobbing through the fire-ravaged about as nimbly as the new Accord. the Clarity s double-wishbone suspension and engineers who were able to the hefty fuel cell as low as possible.

The stack, for example, is mounted below the sedan s console.

One of the most striking of any fuel-cell vehicle is the distinct of traditional powertrain noises. you suddenly discover all sorts of normally muffled beneath, controls and pumps especially the driving air into the fuel-cell

The somewhat high-pitched noise, with the sound of the drive s motor, takes some getting used to, though in the it s a significant amount quieter the screeching of earlier fuel-cell

How many customers Honda to attract when it starts the FCX next year, it isn t saying. The is waiting to gauge the market s insists U.S. marketing Will Walton. Several suggest the initial reaction is to be quite positive. GM was besieged by of potential users of the fuel-cell which is will loan out for stints starting in early

And the special Honda FCX Web site has several times from all the since the automaker announced the program at the L.A. Auto last week.

Though details haven t been the basics are simple: customers pay $600 a month, over the of three-year leases, a figure both maintenance and insurance.

Honda FCX Clarity

All and good, but what about the Under pressure from the the auto industry has been the California market with prototypes, and that s encouraging the of a real service-station infrastructure. It helps that there s a supply of the gas, which is for the various refineries that dot the California coast.

Honda expect as many as 30 hydrogen to be available next year. The should cost about $5 a meanwhile, so on a per-mile basis, the FCX actually prove more than comparably-sized sedans perhaps, the Prius). Refueling of about five minutes are to what it takes to fill up an gasoline tank.

While the Clarity sedans will be in the L.A. area, Honda would like to extend the to other parts of the country. they declined to discuss plans, we would expect to see the program expand to Washington, and even the New York City if things go well. That certainly give a better for how the FCX would operate in winter

Would we drive an FCX? In fact, if we can convince Honda to one to Detroit. we hope to offer an more in-depth review, in the near future.

The Clarity may not be the but it s certainly pointing in that

2009 Honda FCX Clarity

price: Three-year lease,

Engine: Fuel cell and lithium battery, 134 hp/189

Transmission: Direct-drive electric front-wheel drive

Length x x height: 190.3 x 72.7 x in

Wheelbase: 110.2 in

Curb 3582 lb

Fuel economy city/hwy): 68 mpg combined EPA cycle

Major standard features: windows/locks/mirrors; AM/FM/CD/XM/MP3 audio with iPod input and wheel-mounted audio controls; climate control; remote entry; tilt/telescope steering alloy wheels; voice-operated active (radar-guided) cruise

Safety features: Anti-lock traction and stability control; front, side and curtain tire pressure monitors

Honda Finance Corp. end lease for 2008 FCX Clarity, for lessees meeting specific use and requirements. Not all applicants will No purchase option. Zero cost reduction.

Taxes, title fees, liability extra. Monthly payments of for 36 months. Total monthly $21,600.00. No mileage limitation or mileage cost.

See one of three FCX Clarity dealers for complete

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