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As a rule, I write reviews of cars I driven only 22 miles. But are made to be broken, particularly in the of Honda s hmc -1.48% Honda Co. Ltd. ADS U.S. NYSE $ -0.55 -1.48% March 10, 4:05 pm Volume (Delayed

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There is simply no more a peek into the possibly future of the automobile, not the theoretical Volt from General nor the electric Tesla billionaire-toy, and not the Holy Green Grail of the Prius.

The chief factor the FCX Clarity from the rest of publicity seekers is that the average consumer will be to buy one soon. Honda says it begin leasing the sedan in the Los area next summer, the company has yet to say how many will be or how it plans to decide who gets Initially, production is expected to be limited; so far, Honda has only three of its first-generation FCX cars to consumers.

One limiting factor is there are five public hydrogen stations in the L.A. area.

the $600-per-month lease doesn’t to reflect the true cost of the new — the hydrogen fuel stack is extremely expensive Honda will lose a lot of on each car it builds. If this the FCX Clarity seem more another public-relations stunt, or something less of a real consider that Honda an entirely new vehicle architecture and engineered it to be built on a conventional line. That means save for its ultra-expensive power the FCX Clarity could be produced alongside the Civic.

The heart of the car is its V-Flow fuel-cell Honda says this upon past designs, in because of a vertical layout helps boost efficiency and output. The setup also the unit to be shrunk in size and so that it fits within the tunnel between the seats.

The cell produces electricity a chemical reaction between gas and the oxygen found in ambient emitting water and air as its only A 134-horsepower electric motor the front wheels of the car, electricity from the fuel as well as a supplemental lithium-ion pack. This motor serves as the generator for the car’s braking system, which the battery pack under

The battery and a single hydrogen are stored under and behind the seats. Honda says the FCX can reach a top speed of 100 mph, and can expect to get 270 miles from a tank. The company says economy is estimated at the equivalent of 68 per gallon of gasoline, based on the content of hydrogen vs. gas.

Outside of the power train, the of the package is fairly conventional the car even starts with the of a regular key. Some of the however, are a bit different. What like a tachometer actually power output in kilowatts than engine revolutions per

And there are two fuel meters, one for the tank and another for the battery.

But is minor stuff in a car that and feels like it could be the new — except the FCX Clarity so ugly. While similar in to Honda’s best-selling sedan, the car’s compact electric allowed the front end and hood to be which in turn gave stylists the ability to craft a profile. Save for its maroon (the only one available), a great looking car that on other Hondas for styling from the Civic to the discontinued hybrid.

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This is about you’d expect from a whose Civic Hybrid every other Civic — and as a consequence, a company getting its butt kicked in the PR battle not only by Toyota but GM, Devoid of the latter maker’s green logos, you’d guess what the FCX Clarity is if you know already. You can even a case that Toyota’s is a more adventurous car — certainly weirder looking.

The understatement of the FCX Clarity’s design to the driving experience during my Honda-organized test, a run-through proved less exciting my anticipation of it. The car accelerates adequately, its performance is equivalent to a four-cylinder not a V6. Without the shift points of a transmission, the power delivery is but the whine of the electric motor at power output can be annoying, if you’re not someone who’s in love with the roar of an combustion engine at wide-open

The regenerative braking system is to what you’d find in hybrids, except that the engine-braking effect of a piston the last few feet of deceleration a more forceful stab on the pedal. If you’ve ever a car without power brakes, what it feels like. The FCX seems to ride and handle which isn’t surprising that it has a conventional suspension and the weight is a somewhat reasonable pounds (about 135 pounds than a similarly equipped

The biggest objection I have to the FCX is that it’s only a — its high center precludes a bench seat in the

Of course, there are more arguments that can be made the FCX Clarity, and hydrogen fuel-cell in general. The most damning is since it takes energy to hydrogen, a zero-emissions car is only as as the source of that energy. not going to wade into the over the viability of producing through renewable means, but it isn’t being done

Besides, my more immediate is with the devil I know, the industry, whose track with green cars is

Driving the FCX Clarity through Santa Monica, Calif. it was to miss the Electric Vehicle Station signs, a reminder of the path car makers led us down in of zero emissions. That is, they started canceling electric-car programs and crushing the

Honda would like us to that it didn’t kill its own car as much as reinvent it as today’s FCX which is somewhat ironic, as about the infrastructure to support hydrogen-fueled cars seem déjà vu from the electric-vehicle era at the end of the decade. While this foments suspicion, it also hope that someday one of the car makers is going to figure out alternative fuel thing. At Honda still seems to be

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