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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: But....
By Cygni on 11/15/2007 11:29:43 AM , Rating: 4
The lease includes a small hydrogen producing generator that you store in your garage. It connects to your normal natural gas line in your house, and converts it to hydrogen. It also has the added bonus of functioning as a generator for your house (through the use of its own internal fuel cell) in the event of emergency power failure.

It should also be noted that the $600 a month covers not only the car and the fuel producing base station (which produces your hydrogen fuel much cheaper than it would cost you to fill up on gasoline for 3 years), but also ALL maintenance and care on the car during the lease.

In the end: no, the cost does not balance out vs simply leasing a Civic, but as noted, early adopters always pay a cost premium to be on the edge of technology.


RE: But....
By daftrok on 11/17/2007 1:51:51 AM , Rating: 2
That and it would be great if the rich and famous actually purchase this vehicle. Not only will it be good PR but also compensate for the ridiculous amounts of energy wasted on their other vehicles and electric power for their houses. This would help bring down the price of the vehicle for the consumers and stimulate mass production.


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