Giant car maker Honda is set to release its new zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity, in the United States starting in Southern California and expanding rollout as fuel cell stations are created. Using just hydrogen and electricity, the output is obvious: only water and none of the gases believed to induce global warming.
First customers to look into that direction, probably trying to set a trend, are actress Jamie Lee Curtis and filmmaker husband Christopher Guest, actress Laura Harris, film Fn Jon Spallino and Jim Salomon.
The Japanese automaker is expecting to lease a “few dozen” units this year and about 200 units over three years with prices of $600 a month for a three year leass, which includes maintenance and collision coverage. At least that’s in California! Not a very bad deal, I’d say.
According to the company, Honda FCX Clarity has a 270-miles per tank range, with hydrogen consumption equivalent to 74 miles per gallon and pretty good specs, reaching up to 100 miles per hour.
“This is indeed a historic day for both Honda and American Honda – a new chapter in our nearly 50-year history in America,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of America Honda Motor Co. “It’s an especially significant day for American Honda as we plant firm footsteps toward the mainstreaming of fuel cell cars.”
Biggest drawback in taking the new Honda FCX Clarity mainstream is the lack of hydrogen fuel stations and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, has called for a statewide network of hydrogen stations. However, things are slow!
A couple of days ago Clean Energy announced partnership with General Motors Corp to open a hydrogen station in Los Angeles. Can you imagine the lines that will form to fuel your new Honda? Or Toyota, who recently announced their FCHV hydrogen car.
It’s a fierce battle and the winners are people like you or me, right?
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