Honda FCX Clarity Review Autocar

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Honda FCX Clarity

Honda FCX Clarity

What is it?

A The Honda FCX Clarity may look a typical, five-door large hatchback, but don’t be deceived: it just happens to be the first production fuel cell-powered car in the

Okay, so ‘full production’ is not of the that we’d usually it. Honda won’t be making or hundreds of thousands of FCX Clarities like 200, in fact), but it is the deal, the first of many. estimated that, by 2050, 100 fuel cell cars be sold every year.

put, the FCX Clarity is a five-door with an electric motor control unit) under its powering its front wheels. In its is a fuel cell stack, and the boot floor is a tank can hold several kilos of compressed to 5000psi. The hydrogen is as needed to the fuel cell, generates electricity as needed by the

The only byproduct is pure vapour, which exits the tailpipe.

Crucially, the FCX Clarity no greenhouse gases. And, if you generate and pressurise the hydrogen goes into it, its overall footprint is, by current standards,

It is, in short, the future.

It is also unavailable in the UK. As it stands the FCX Clarity is to lease only, and only in and California, because they’re the places where hydrogen is available on tap.

In many the FCX is still a research project, but in hand with that is Honda’s ambition to turn it a commercially viable product.

Honda desperately wants to an affordable fuel cell car to the public, at a price that let it compete with the biofuel and electric-powered cars it will be up in the coming decades.

That may still seem a long way but the FCX Clarity has started making it a

What’s it like?

Totally yet distinctly odd, both at the time.

The great thing the FCX Clarity is that it’s so usable and, in a lot of ways, normal. You get in, insert and twist a and press the start button. no engine noise to greet but you get a few muted whirring and whining as you might in a Toyota Prius

The FCX’s cabin is pretty Honda says it’s with eco-fabrics, but you wouldn’t It just feels like a Japanese car.

There’s of space in both the front and

There’s a diddy toggle like a lot of autos now have, and a press of throttle you’re The FCX’s low-speed ride be a bit more supple, but it smooths out as rise. The steering is light, yet so, and pleasingly responsive and accurate. The circle’s tight. Visibility is

It is, unsurprisingly, astonishingly quiet.

Honda FCX Clarity

And this car looks (even if says it doesn’t), like any of other D-segment cars, you go your daily driving noticed by most road All perfectly ordinary — that you’re driving one of the revolutionary cars in the world.

And it’s that realisation makes driving the FCX Clarity more remarkable. Here’s a to 60mph car that’ll sit at 100mph all with a range of well 200 miles, that emits but pure water. It has 134bhp, to a lot of family cars.

It has 189lb ft of like a lot of family cars. It takes a couple of minutes to its fuel tank, just a family car. Yet from its comes nothing but water .

are some landmark cars in history: stuff like the Model T, the Citroen Traction and the Mini. One day I think they’ll add the FCX Clarity to the list.

Should I buy one?

Well, the rub is, of that you can’t. Not yet. has no plans to bring the FCX Clarity to so until it convinces not just but, more important, energy suppliers that is a commercially viable proposition, the FCX remain mostly unattainable.

are a few other stumbling blocks The technology in the FCX isn’t yet proven to be enough to sell in large while Honda and others are looking for more effective, ways of storing compressed the FCX’s tank is thick-walled and

But despite the advanced tech, the FCX feels totally competitive conventional family cars.

At the moment, Japanese and Californian are paying around £280 a to run an FCX Clarity, which is undoubtedly a subsidised deal.

But say I lived in the place, was in the market for a new car, and had the to make that an FCX: I run one? In an instant.

Honda FCX Clarity
Honda FCX Clarity


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