Honda FCX Clarity review Telegraph

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Honda FCX Clarity

The new Honda FCX Clarity is the world’s commercially available fuel-cell that has reached Europe you can’t buy one yet.

It’s all the over battery electric drives me mad, says Brachmann, senior engineer Honda. If nature is half as as it’s supposed to be, how is it that the sun hydrogen as an energy carrier and not a

It’s an interesting point, natural selection favours the most common element, as an energy storage medium than a chemical electrical Perhaps Honda should use a Approved strap line on its cell-powered FCX Clarity, which has arrived in Europe for the first

We nearly ran over a blissfully cyclist as we pulled out of the Tor Süd plant onto the B-roads of The FCX is almost silent at low speeds and as we pointed out in the past, that’s to be an issue in an all-electric world power comes from cells or batteries.

Not that is going to much of a problem the Honda FCX Clarity, which has four years in development we first clapped eyes on the at the Tokyo motor show in

Since setting up mass in June 2008 at Honda’s new model centre in Toshigi, (it used to produce the NSX sports the workers there have just 18 complete cars enough to warrant the sack in any car plant, but then the economic have been rather statement environmental cars this Honda and the FCX is anything but to make.

The plan is to eventually about 200 of these four-door, hatchbacks in three years and there are eight running Los Angeles and another eight in

While the FCX is the first commercially fuel-cell vehicle, you lease than buy it. Mr and Mrs Jamie Lee Curtis and Ron director of Little Miss already lease examples. be paying Honda $600 a for the privilege, with fuel on

This currently costs $5 and $10 per kilogramme and the Honda’s single tank carries 4kg or 171 litres at which gives it a total of between 250 and 270 miles. In the slug-like US test it has the energy equivalent consumption of about 106mpg.

To drive the FCX feels fast and At almost 1.7 tons it’s the latter. With a top speed of and a 0-60mph time of about it’s debatable how fast like all electric vehicles, it like a train to 30mph so perception is of something quicker it really is.

Apart from a fabulous looking car, the FCX is much the state-of-the-art fuel-cell The cabin designers asked if the cell could be mounted in the centre of the car and the engineers discovered benefits. The vertical mounting the cells drain of potentially water and also allows a efficient horizontal cooling

The internal wavy layout the surface area of the platinum for the hydrogen to work on and further include the possibility of pressurising the so that operating temperatures can be above boiling point. would reduce the need for cooling radiators and a heavy

Fuel cell? It’s a gas battery based on a catalytic between platinum and hydrogen produces electricity. The hydrogen is to an anode on one side of a Polymer Membrane (PEM), while air is to the opposite cathode side.

The membrane only allows the of the positively charged hydrogen to pass through, the negatively electrons pass through an circuit to the cathode where combine with the ions and the in the air to form water and heat.

The of this gas battery were in a letter written in 1843 by Sir Grove. His idea was used to early American telegraph and was disinterred by two pioneering engineers at Electric for Nasa’s Gemini shots in the Sixties and the car industry 20 years later.

In the last 10 developments have been and furious: stamped metal aromatic membranes and higher and pressures. Sir William wouldn’t the modern solid-state fuel particularly Honda’s latest.

Sit in the cabin and the FCX presents you with filled with strange instruments and some spectacularly maize-derived upholstery. The digital is surrounded by a power output/input with separate quadrant for battery and hydrogen contents. In the a strange disembodied ball green at low fuel consumption, larger and orange as you press the

A stubby steering column-mounted offers Drive, Neutral, and Reverse. Select drive and away.

If the FCX feels weird at first, it is entirely instinctive. It wafts the best Rolls-Royce and sounds an owl is trapped under the bonnet. steering feels artificial but is not The whirring compressor increases with the road speed and the FCX speed rapidly.

Lifting off a process in which the motor in reverse to recharge the lithium-ion

At 1.7 tons, the car is hardly a sports and the tall, low-rolling resistance don’t offer the last in grip. Provoke it by lifting off the and the weight of the battery and hydrogen in the rear lift the bodywork and the car to slide wide in oversteer. The control quickly reins in, but you are left in no doubt that the FCX being driven briskly but not

The FCX doesn’t answer any of the questions where the hydrogen comes (mainly natural gas) or how it be delivered to customers. And impressive as the FCX is, even at this first of pressurisation its hydrogen storage is and very expensive.


The two FCX models that have in Europe are not for sale and it’s that the car will ever go on here or indeed anywhere.

Not Honda is backing away any of these challenges. For the second in its history, it has diverted its racing into alternative fuels The 400 engineers from Honda’s Formula One programme are now working in research, electric vehicles and aerodynamics.

Honda FCX Clarity

Sachito Fujimoto, project leader on the FCX, can hide his delight at this of money and resources into a he has toiled over for the last Mind you, he reflects a smile, I haven’t noticed my going up at the same time.

about $600 a month hydrogen fuel/Only available in and Japan.

Tested: Honda FCX fuel-cell car

Power/torque: 134bhp cell powering an 127bhp/189lb ft AC motor driving the front with lithium-ion battery and 171 litres of gaseous hydrogen at 5,000psi.

Top speed: 100mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in about

Fuel economy energy 106mpg

CO2 emissions: none at pipe

VED band: A (zero)

General Motors Equinox-based Daimler-Benz B-class fuel Toyota FCHV-5.

Verdict: A and highly advanced vision of the with technology that has car makers quaking in their Honda’s concentration on system aerodynamics and light weight than packing ever hydrogen into the car is typical of the and seems a sound RD direction.

On the There’s Only So Much Oil In The . by Tower Of Power.

Telegraph Five out of five

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