2009 Honda FCX Clarity Road Test Car and Driver

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Where’s the best place to Jamie Lee Curtis? Why, at the corner of Santa Monica and Federal Avenue near Santa Monica, California, you can’t toss a watermelon hitting a Toyota Prius .

Lee will be the one in the merlot-colored Honda. up to one of those rarest of things, a hydrogen fuel pump. there, enjoying the company of the beach bums for a day or three, and all but guaranteed to see her roll in, low on juice, her FCX shaped like an Australian and whining like a tomcat scalped.

On the Santa Monica smugness the Clarity mops the floor the Prius. It stores hydrogen at a 5000 psi, plumbs it a Honda-designed fuel cell air to make electricity, leaving as the sole tailpipe effluent. The powertrain noise is the lynx-like of the fuel cell’s air compressor, the tap-tap of Henry Cavendish, the discoverer of hydrogen, doing jigs in his grave.


Honda plans to lease 200 Clarity s over the next years, at $600 a month for 36 The car is not for sale, and no one outside Southern and its cluster of hydrogen dispensers and dealerships will get one.

handmade, million-dollar Clarity to polish Honda’s green-leaf preferably in such telegenic as Jamie Lee Curtis’s driveway. is also an experiment to see if an electric car with a highly explosive gas can mesh with the typical American household as seamlessly as the Accord it closely emulates in and performance.

Can’t stomach the terms? bother applying. Really, bother anyway, because all the owners, including normal and a few glitterati such as Curtis, already been selected.

our six days with the Clarity, we that the 3574-pound car does sway to your mundane rhythm. That is, assuming you near Santa Monica and Federal Avenue. We don’tour Coast base is 18.8 of apocalyptic traffic away.

are 15 other hydrogen stations in the areabut they’re run by state, and university programs, and none is

Honda FCX Clarity

The subject of fuelingand perhaps Jamie Leeweighs constantly on the driver’s mind.

Every begins with a check of the miles-to-go meter. Honda a full load of 9.0 pounds of provides a 270-mile range, but our six with the car begged to differ. By our fill-up, which took minutes and 42 seconds, we had motored 108 and the car’s digital miles-to-go reported 70 miles worth of remaining in the tank. On the second at 101 miles, the switchover to hoof was due in 81 miles, the car reported.

For the third and fill, at 118 miles, we had 45 miles by the gauge.

From the amount of hydrogen we know our Clarity averaged miles per kilogram (roughly to miles per gallon of gasoline on an basis). That equates to a of 194 miles, far short of Honda’s

Shell’s hydrogen pump in Monica is self-serve only, to be idiot-proof (or, at least, very idiot-resistant). After you the heavy, machined-aluminum hose the car’s fueling nipple, the computer takes over. A screechingit gets fever as tank pressure nears psiencourages bystanders to step especially after they that you’re not, in Jamie Lee Curtis.

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