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Honda FCX Clarity

2008-2012 Honda FCX Clarity: The Invisible Honda

2012 FCX Clarity

Car makers are always up with new designs and methods in the to build the next green Right now hybrids and electrics to be all the rage, with nearly major manufacturer rolling out at one alternative fuel model. A few ago hydrogen was the concept of the moment and the public’s imagination (if only for a time) with the promise of emissions. It was easy to see why.

is one of the most plentiful elements on and makes no pollution when

Sure hydrogen had its benefits, but were nagging concerns the fear of fires (thanks lobby) and a reluctance to bear the of building a fueling infrastructure Yet officials in Japan, Europe and California were undeterred.  In and the Los Angeles area, a partnership forward with a small of fueling stations.


  Honda had developed similar in Japan while in Europe developments were made in of the popularity of future hydrogen

With Mercedes was an exception, few big car seemed willing to commit any hydrogen powered models to except Honda. Honda prototypes as early as 1999, growing in size and looking like production ready The current production car evolved the 2006 concept, the FCX-V3.

The sleek front wheel sedan fit nicely between the and the Accord sizewise, but had styling would influence both of in later years.

FCX dash

The cab wedge design was futuristic, yet identifiable as a Honda. At four shorter than the Accord, the FCX has dimensions, aiding in manuravibility. The theme continued inside a dash that can only be to a spaceship’s helm. Multiple displayed all the regular car status as LED displays with a fuel use represented as a series of dots would change color. the dash, the FCX it looked much any other well-appointed Honda

 Honda takes a loss on the of each FCX, but the notoriety of customers nearly all the current in efficient car options earned the high marks with agencies and activists types.  The FCX might be the most acclaimed you never heard of.

The FCX’s main mission is but as a Honda in the age of wishboneless rear could it still mean fun to It’s high torque cell electric motor 134 hp, making acceleration brisk, a typical Civic would felt sluggish with a engine. An energy distribution called Honda vertical (V Flow) supplied power on by using waste energy braking captured and stored in a lithium-ion unit. The few accounts of coverage of the car’s performance that it has much of the driving of a Civic.

That’s good or bad depending on if you a big fan of the double wishbone Hondas of the

Shell Refueling Station

The like most contemporary has a double wishbone front and rear independent suspension. no sports sedan, but the compliant and the sheer quietness in the cabin it the feeling of luxury. The FCX has a driving of about 240 miles with a per kilogram rating of 60 (for the or city). That’s about 61 mpg as a equivalent, but limits the FCX’s appeal to mostly inner trips and errands within of any of the 26 or so fueling stations around California and the San Francisco area.

FCX have the added benefit of able to use their cars as a energy station, providing up power to their homes sophisticated fuel cell process for up to 6 hours.

The FCX Clarity was initially available as a only, being limited to 50 customers in the US. The city of Los Angles largest single customer in the US) was the first in America, prompting the of a fueling infrastructure.  Later the public would be selectively to sign a 3 year lease.

The a month plan included coverage, maintenance, roadside and hydrogen fuel. For now the FCX comes in any you want as long as it’s the red “star garnet” hue. continually refines the FCX with the current model called the FCEV boasting 5% more than the 2005 model. hopes to eventually expand the of leases in America to 200 over the few years.

There are already customers in New Las Vegas and San Francisco.  Honda to use FCX technology in it’s more cars by 2018.

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