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Honda FCX Clarity

Hydrogen, not petroleum, fills its Electricity, not internal combustion, it forward.

Only the notable from an air compressor disturbs the changing pitch intrusively as the changes speed. Honda to reduce that before Clarity sedans into hands in the Los Angeles area summer. General Motors has done a better job quieting the on its Chevrolet Equinox SUVs to run on fuel cells (Test Nov. 9 ).

That compressor and slightly skittish steering are the things worth a general about Clarity, the first fuel-cell car aimed at individuals. FCX cars have been for fleet users. Only two are by individuals.

Honda plans to maybe 100 of the new cars for three at $600 a month, including insurance and maintenance.

The automaker afford to have them a hit just yet because it’s a relative fortune on each Honda won’t say, but at least $300,000 to build one. Clarity is a ground-up that could be mass-produced the cost collapse and the number of stations balloon.

But even in lead-the-way California, three stations are open to the Honda says.

Hydrogen cars are rare and new. How work: A compressor pulls in which moves through membranes along with from the car’s tank. As the pass through the membranes, create an electrochemical reaction generates electricity for the motor and as exhaust.

No petroleum use, no emissions.

Examining Clarity as a car, not as a harbinger of a hydrogen these are the impressions from a drive. The test car was an early-production of the car that will be available summer.

Power. Sufficient, even with a midsize powered by a 2.4-liter gasoline

Clarity is a tad sluggish off the line full throttle, and it’s no jet in speed ranges. But it’s punchy in middle speeds most people drive of the time. Not a dog otherwise, just not as as hoped.

Interior. Premium. and feels like a near-luxury Roomy front and back.

used the vast forward of the dashboard to design the instrument and center stack of controls and so they appear to float the floor console, leaving underneath for storage.

No leather, only Honda’s made from plants. and carbon-correct, but it lacks the eye appeal and of dead cow.

Best innovation: a dot in the center of the speedometer. The dot color and size to show you’re hogging or saving No distracting power-flow charts and charts and graphs as in other machines.

Changes. Lithium-ion replaces so-called supercapacitor in the FCX. The battery mainly is when coasting and braking.

says lithium-ion batteries well in fuel-cell cars they are supplemental power and can be discharged and recharged within a range. They aren’t then fully recharged, in the cycle that can cause and has slowed their use in electric and hybrids.

Engine and transmission up three-fourths the space they did in the FCX. A single hydrogen with one-fourth the parts two smaller tanks. A single cools drivetrain and fuel and acts as air conditioning condenser, 40% less space than separate units.

Exterior. Similar to the concept (Test Drive, May 18) but tailored for and other realities, which a blunter nose and revised

Fueling. Should be simple. a hydrogen station hose the nozzle behind the fuel-filler

And relatively cheap. Ben Knight, hydrogen fuel-cell expert, some stations in California hydrogen for $5 a kilogram. A kg has the same as a gallon of gasoline, so it’s paying $5 a gallon.

But you go two to three as far on the hydrogen.

Reality check:

You can’t find hydrogen unless you live in California, D.C. or New York state.

The cell itself is very Cost wouldn’t immediately simply by boosting volume, car caution.

Fuel-cell cars pollute, but making their fuel does.

Ninety-five of hydrogen is made from gas, and we don’t have Energy Information Administration show the USA has 3.3% of the world’s gas. Russia, Iran and have biggest reserves, EIA data derived from Oil Gas

As with other fuels, hydrogen takes more than the hydrogen provides. GM, to have a regular-production fuel-cell car in calculates that it takes: British thermal units of energy to produce 1 Btu of hydrogen using natural gas; Btu to produce 1 Btu of gasoline energy, powers a vehicle only to one-half as far as hydrogen will.

says founder Soichiro liked to say that engineers are When they find a they have an opportunity to it.

Honda FCX Clarity

Judged by that standard, Masaru Hasegawa, the man in charge of the FCX I am very lucky.

2008 FCX Clarity

What is it? Midsize, sedan powered by a hydrogen cell. Developed from as a fuel-cell vehicle meeting all regulations and aimed at individual instead of fleets.

Manufactured in

How soon? Available in limited next summer in Southern

How many? Up to 100, Honda but won’t say if that’s next or over several years.

How much? Three-year leases $600 a month including and maintenance.

Who’ll be driving? picks who gets the cars and they’ll probably be: 30 to 55 years with kids, average income of $150,000, at least one car; live near stations; not have long

What’s the drivetrain? Electric rated 134 horsepower at about rpm, 189 pounds-feet of torque run by electricity from a hydrogen cell mounted in the center between driver and front 288-volt lithium-ion battery to power some accessories and extra jolt for hard and for other times the fuel can’t keep up. Single-speed traction control.

How zoomy? to 60 mph in about 9 seconds, Honda Flat out, 100 mph.

the safety hardware? Expected side and side-curtain air bags; control, anti-lock brakes. circuit stops flow of while filling if a leak is

What’s the rest? Standard include power steering, windows; automatic dual-zone control; heated and cooled (to minimize need for fuel-using control); AM/FM/CD stereo USB plug for iPod; navigation adaptive cruise control.

How big? Midsize, though to carry only four; inches long, 72.7 wide, 57.8 inches on a 110.2-inch wheelbase. Weight is as 3,582 pounds, about 100 lighter than previous, FCX.

How thirsty? Honda the equivalent of 68 miles a gallon in city-highway driving. Tank enough for 270 miles.

Trip showed the test car got the equivalent of 55 mpg, in a mix of suburban and highway

Overall: Too pleasing and promising to be Blackmail, threaten, bully or the hydrogen establishment for more stations.

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