Honda FCX Clarity Don’t be too quick to buy into the hydrogen myth Autoweek

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Honda FCX Clarity: Don’t be too to buy into the hydrogen myth

We spent the better part of a in the fabulous Honda FCX Clarity vehicle. It is leaps and bounds the science experiments that the first few rounds of fuel we remember from 20 or so years Those were huge, laboratory things that and whirred, their insides to the glass with tubes, industrial-strength blowers and engineers laptops on their laps you not to touch anything.

The FCX, on the hand, is state-of-the-art. For instance, the stack is so compact and efficient it now fits in the center armrest, out almost twice the hydrogen of the that Honda had just 10 ago. The lithium-ion battery is smaller, lighter and more than the ultracapacitor it replaced, so that it stows under the seat.

Combined with the inherent of electric motors, that up the interior for all kinds of roominess.

The (not affiliated with or by the popular antihistamine Claritin) five real adults in comfort on seats made of renewable biofabric, a material from ethanol. During our with the FCX, we stopped 10 to 15 minutes to get out of the car and hug some trees.

there are little nits to as there are in all EVs. How much do you program into the brake to balance efficiency with feel? Why do these things like aircraft-turbine fan motors now and then? And oh, by the way, where are we to get the freaking hydrogen?

These things require H2 to ram through membranes in the fuel-cell and squeeze out electrons that then spin the motor and the car go.

Right now, there are few sources of the stuff. We had to have a representative drive down to use a key fob to unlock an H2 pump at the University of Irvine, so that we could get H2 to drive home. That’s a hurdle.

Infrastructure can be built.

The bigger is that you can’t get enough little guys with to use enough dinky tweezers to the hydrogen molecules you’re to need to power this Hydrogen likes to cling to about anything it can cling to, so pure H2 (it even likes to to itself!) is nigh impossible. You to separate it out, and that time and energy and—no how you slice it—produces carbon

Pretty much everyone who high-school science knows getting hydrogen from through electrolysis is inefficient. You run through water and capture the that bubbles up. But it takes a of electricity to get any reasonably useful of hydrogen to do that.

Honda says that steam re-formation of natural gas is much more efficient electrolysis and that you can even do it at a station, thus adding to the

That’s true, but if you’re to use all of that electricity to make why not cut out the added hoop and simply a battery? Fuel-cell vehicles are vehicles, after all. the same with steam of natural gas: Why not just put the gas straight into an NGV such as own Civic GX?

Honda FCX Clarity

There’s even a home-fueling available. It would make for one of the vehicles ever to drive the San Diego Freeway. (Why Honda make its natural-gas GX in hybrid form and truly everyone away?)

Well, we awakened the soft white of hydrogen zealots, who now have a to focus the full measure of wrath. We are expecting a call Honda, too, telling us to to the hydrogen-reeducation camp immediately. If you hear from us for a while, where we’ll be.


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Base price: $600/month only)

Drivetrain: 100-kW AC synchronous FWD, one-speed transmission

weight: 3,582 lb

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