Commuting in a Honda FCX Clarity

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Commuting in a Honda FCX Clarity

I to be Jamie Lee Curtis. But it’s not you think.

Sure, she’s attractive, and well-to-do. She’s a lot talented on film than I am. And she in sunny Southern California. But I want is her Honda FCX Clarity.

took delivery of the second FCX fuel-cell car. Honda’s building 200 of them over years. To qualify for the three-year you need to live in Southern near hydrogen refueling and coincidentally, Honda’s engineering The lease rate? $600 a

It’s pretty safe to say Honda isn’t breaking on this deal; if you build 200 of any car over three years, the per unit is astronomical.

Obviously unable to buy one, Reports borrowed one from for our Future of the Car event and to record video. After the video, I resist using the Clarity for my 55-mile commute. After it will probably be 10-20 (if even then) when I’d get to do with a production fuel-cell

In driving it, what you have to get to is a whole different world of coming from the car. engine noise is gone. As who thinks you could sell a of The World’s Best Exhaust this is a bit of a disappointment.

But I quickly to appreciate the near silence. All you is wind and road noise, there is little else. The “mechanical” sound you get is a whine the motors.

It sounds something like a set of squirrels caught under the

I get to drive a lot of cool cars they first come Tons of people looked and at me when I drove the first-generation that we brought in from or the Hummer H3 or Pontiac Solstice we Funny thing is, this car is and more significant than any of but it hardly garnered a glance.

I got one staring at the car, a Volvo driver with a vanity signifying that he was a fellow

Rather than people at me, I wound up being more than usual to my fellow Why? Honda won’t the cost of each Clarity, but if you only 200 of them, they up costing a whole lot of money.

Like seven figures… An would mean that I likely need my own federal plan. (Actually, Honda collision for the folks leasing the Otherwise, that would be an call to your insurance to try and get a quote.)

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As a result, driving to a Toyota Prius in the next — with the driver on her phone with one hand, and a point with her other (remaining hands on wheel = — was scarier than The clapped-out Infiniti J30 tailgating me – not I would have thought the “Hydrogen!” (exclamation point for emphasis) sticker on the bumper have warned people off a but no such luck.

What is interesting is that gears or an engine’s torque to complicate things, what you see on the meter is directly what using. Even on the highway, on flat roads doesn’t much energy – about 20 kW. about 17 of the 1500-watt portable heaters I’m using to help warm here in Connecticut.) But conditions take a lot more Energy use jumps up to 60 kW when you speed uphill on the highway.

Max out the at 100 kW and you get moving very quickly. A of electric motors is that the is instant. The FCX Clarity squirts up to 65 mph beyond) rather easily.


Merging into traffic a stop is effortless, resulting in wheel spin.

But forget all of the technology. What you’re with then is a really car. Even though the tank takes up some space, you still have a trunk than some cars. Rear seat is limo-like for two, rivaling a Avalon. There is a great out the front, with lots of and thin pillars.

Visibility to the is affected by styling, but a clever and porthole to the rear improves vision through the high deck and trunk.

I guess is most comforting in the end is that technology to combat today’s doesn’t require a full shift. Despite the differences, the is pleasantly normal to drive. I we don’t all need to drive bubble pods to achieve independence.

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