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Honda FCX Clarity  (Source: Honda)

  (Source: Honda)

  (Source: Honda)
Leases begin in summer 2008 at $600 per month

The gasoline-electric hybrid news has come in at a furious pace at DailyTech over the past few weeks. Honda announced its intention to bring a small, sporty hybrid to market; Fisker announced its gorgeous hybrid sports sedan and GM yesterday showed off new hybrid full-size pickups and full-size SUVs.

Honda has a new fuel efficient vehicle of its own to tout and the word "hybrid" is nowhere to be found. The company finally pulled the wraps off the production version of its FCX fuel cell prototype -- now called the FCX Clarity.

Exterior design-wise, the FCX Clarity closely mimics the earlier prototype, but now features government-spec bumpers front and back and smaller wheels. Inside, the FCX Clarity uses a gauge cluster and heads-up display similar in fashion to the current Honda Civic. Otherwise, the interior looks rather normal if you can get past the overabundance of silver-painted plastic.

When it comes to the powertrain, the FCX Clarity uses a 100 kW V Flow fuel cell stack which is 65 percent smaller than the one used on the first generation FCX. Other powertrain components include a 171-liter, 5,000-psi hydrogen fuel tank, a lithium-ion battery pack and a 95 kW (127 HP) electric motor.

According to Honda, the FCX Clarity is good for an equivalent of 68 MPG and has a range of 270 miles. Also, since the FCX Clarity is a fuel cell-powered vehicle, there are no CO2 emissions -- the vehicle's only emission is water.

"The FCX Clarity is a shining symbol of the progress we've made with fuel cell vehicles and of our belief in the promise of this technology," said American Honda president and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura. "Step by step, with continuous effort, commitment and focus, we are working to overcome obstacles to the mass-market potential of zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell automobiles."

The FCX Clarity will see limited service in the Southern California area beginning in summer 2008. Customers will sign up for a three-year lease at price of roughly $600 per month. Honda also notes that the FCX Clarity qualifies for a $12,000 IRS tax credit.

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RE: waste of money
By masher2 on 11/15/2007 10:53:14 AM , Rating: 4
> "Where didn't you read "12,000 IRS tax credit" "

Translation..why pay for your hybrid, when you can force all your friends and neighbors to pay for it for you?

RE: waste of money
By wordsworm on 11/15/07, Rating: 0
RE: waste of money
By masher2 on 11/15/2007 12:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
> " no one is paying taxes for that car"

I'm not sure where you get that notion. The cost of maintaining the government and the federal debt is fixed. If one person pays less, everyone else pays more. They may not pay more immediately, in that year's tax bill...but they'll eventually foot the cost.

The cost of a tax credit is paid out by all other taxpayers. This is rather basic.

RE: waste of money
By walk2k on 11/15/2007 1:36:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, the same way that every tax-payer pays for schools even if they don't have kids, social services even if they don't use them, and the Space Shuttle even if they never leave Earth.

Yep, rather basic. :roll:

RE: waste of money
By Spuke on 11/16/2007 4:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
Why the :roll"? It IS basic. We all get taxed for things we may not use. If you don't like it, get yourself and your friends to vote against politicians that support these types of programs.

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