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2008 FCX Clarity

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technology is constantly evolving, and one that strives to stay at the is Honda. So we weren t surprised by the for public consumption, of their forward-thinking FCX Clarity hydrogen car. Now this high-tech clearly looks ready for the

But, with all its advancement, is Clarity, really clear for today?

Because of issues cost, durability, and infrastructure, the of hydrogen fuel-cell power as a automotive power source in the balance. But Honda seems that this zero-emissions is the answer to sustainable transportation. So, the new 2008 FCX Clarity sedan.

overtly futuristic four-door is the limited-production version of the new generation FCX in concept form at the 2006 Los Auto Show.


The Clarity s advanced Honda platform utilizes a compact and fuel-cell stack that is in the center tunnel. It s 20% smaller and 30% than the stack in the last and it is now mounted vertically rather horizontally. Honda says enhances the flow of hydrogen and for higher efficiency.

We say it also a lower floor, freeing up passenger room.

Its operation typical for a fuel-cell, containing hydrogen with oxygen for a reaction that outputs 100 of electricity to power the vehicle s drive. And the only emission this process is water

In addition, a high capacity battery supplements power start-up and acceleration.

Both sources feed an AC synchronous that moves the Clarity and with just a flutter of Think of a hopped-up golf Output is rated 134 horsepower and an instantaneous 189 pound-feet of torque.

Top is 100 miles-per-hour.

The motor is combined a new coaxial gearbox which the Clarity s front wheels.

In of efficiency, Honda claims economy equivalent to about 68 That s more than the mileage of a Honda Civic, and 50% better than the hybrid Prius. A full tank of hydrogen gives the vehicle a range of 270 miles.

The Clarity s chassis mirrors other sedans, a double-wishbone suspension up and a multi-link double-wishbone at the rear. The is a smooth and compliant ride acceptable handling dynamics, by responsive electric power

The FCX Clarity also integrates Control and Vehicle Stability to assure more confidence harsher driving conditions. Cruise Control also standard, and improved regenerative system does a better job of downhill acceleration, and thus the need for frequent braking.

learned from the Toyota that public awareness of a powertrain, benefits from styling.

The flying saucer-like of this techno-marvel speaks of less than a sci-fi Up front is a snubbed nose, headlamps, and mouth-like grille creates a robot-like persona.

The s long, sweeping lines toward a thick-set back-end. length is mid-size at 190.3

Down below, you ll find forged-aluminum 5-spoke wheels.

The and rear sculpting are the cappers on deliberate spaceship design, and the lid includes a small glass to aid rearward visibility.

Inside, the four-seater cabin is headlined by a disc-shape instrument panel. are clean and very tomorrow. s a digital speed readout, and a featured, high-tech fuel display.

To stay with the theme, seats are covered upholstery made from s plant-based bio fabric.

But there are plenty of creature comforts, as steering wheel controls, climate, back-up camera, and

There s also a plethora of compartments throughout the interior, and comes from six standard

The rear seat has ample for two with a center console and cup

The Clarity s trunk is a usable cubic feet including an storage compartment.

Now, for the — you won t be able to buy an FCX Clarity soon. Even if you could, fueling stations are few and far between.

to gain real-world experience, this summer Honda lease the Clarity to a limited of consumers in Southern California. The term will carry a of $600 a month, including and collision insurance.

Hydrogen could very well the wave of the future. But making readily available is still One hope is for practical home generating stations, transformed natural gas. But until issue is resolved, the full of the automotive fuel cell remain clouded.

Still, Honda is clearly on being ready for that road with the 2008 FCX

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