2009 Honda FCX Clarity Preview

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Honda FCX Clarity

2009 Honda FCX Clarity Preview

The road to the future, or a technological cul-de-sac?

Mac Demere on 08.13.2008

The 2009 Honda FCX Clarity doesn’t have an engine. It doesn’t use gasoline, diesel or biofuel. Its emission are only water vapor and oxygen.

It gets the equivalent of about 80 miles per gallon gasoline and is almost completely silent.

Over the next few years, 200 carefully chosen people in the U.S. and Japan will be allowed to lease a Honda FCX Clarity for three years at $600 per month. Since each FCX Clarity probably costs more than $1 million to build, Honda’s main return will be in real-world test results and a reputation for innovative technology.

Optimists say that in the future, it will be possible to use solar or wind energy to pull hydrogen out of water. They say you might even have a miniature solar-powered hydrogen-generating plant at your house. But that won’t be any time soon.

Some of us can’t wait that long.

A far from insurmountable problem is that there are but a handful of places where a FCX Clarity can be filled with hydrogen. Currently, all of these are in Southern California, though others will be built in the Northeast U.S. and Japan. If the Clarity is successful, tens of thousands of hydrogen-fueling stations will have to be built to accommodate hundreds of thousands of hydrogen-fueled cars.

Fuel cells are not new technology. They have been used to power spacecraft, as supplementary power sources for hospitals and as powerplants in wilderness areas.

Honda FCX Clarity

Warning: It gets a little complicated from here.

While all current hybrids use nickel-metal hydride batteries, the Clarity employs lithium-ion batteries, not dissimilar to those found in laptops and cell phones. Li-ion batteries hold more energy than Ni-MH batteries, but the medium to separate components cannot be the flammable liquid found in laptops.

The FCX Clarity drives pretty much like a regular gasoline-engine car. It’s quieter and has a bit shorter fuel range-less than 300 miles-and owners must carefully plan refueling stops. Otherwise, it has everything you’d expect in a Honda economy sedan.

Honda has made notable breakthroughs in its fuel cells. In 2003, its fuel cell weighed 450 pounds and made 60 kilowatts of power. By 2006 weight was down to 150 powers and power up to 100 kilowatts.

Honda is working on a solar-powered system that would pull hydrogen from the water. Hydrogen is virtually non-existent in the atmosphere but makes up two out of three water molecules. The trick is to get enough solar or wind-powered energy to replace coal and nuclear to power the process.

Whether the Honda FCX Clarity is the future of the automobile, a small portion of the replacement for petroleum or an interesting technological …-end, only time will tell. Personally, we hope to last long enough time to learn the answer.

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