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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 DallasTexas on 11/15/2007 11:34:59 AM , Rating: 1
This is a great example of how innovative technology can bring environmentally friendly vehicle and drive less dependency on polluting fossil fuel.

Hope the Japanese they sell lots of them!

Is it "cheaper" than gasoline ICE? Nope. As long as the cost of polluting the environment is free, it will not. As long as subsidizing the price of oil by waging war to keep it flowing, it will not be.

The hidden cost of "cheap oil" is becoming more and more important.

RE: waste of money
By Ringold on 11/15/2007 12:06:37 PM , Rating: 3
As long as subsidizing the price of oil by waging war to keep it flowing

Oil flowed under Saddam.
Oil flows now.
It still goes to international markets.
No change.

Any environmental and health externalities, though, aren't included, you're right there. The war thing is just a tired left-wing horse that's unsubstantiated and been trotted out a few too many times.

RE: waste of money
By DallasTexas on 11/15/2007 5:49:18 PM , Rating: 2
I beg to differ. The amount of money pouring into the middle east is not because it has great beachfront property we want. It's because it is where oil comes from.

Never mind the Iraq war, but if you want to go there, it is estimated to be $600B direct cost and another $600B as result of having it (those one legged soldiers coming home actually are a cost burden). Is this not an oil subsidy?

I'd rather be free from oil dependence altogether. The "tired left-wing" sling is actually quite tired too but nobody cares because it's the condition of taking the time to convince a moron.

RE: waste of money
By TomZ on 11/15/2007 9:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
Proof by repeated assertion is not effective. As Ringold rightly pointed out, oil flowed before and after we got involved in Iraq. Therefore one wonders what oil problem people like you think the war is intended to solve.

No, the real reasons for the Iraq war were WMD, concerns about terrorism, and a desire to help promote stability and democracy in the Middle East. These reasons, though somewhat misguided, actually make some sense. Oil doesn't.

RE: waste of money
By Spuke on 11/16/2007 4:33:37 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the VAST majority of our oil comes from Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela, and Nigeria (in that order). Iraq is number 6 but is half of Mexico's exports to the US.

RE: waste of money
By Xietsu on 11/22/2007 12:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
Iraq is about funding private interests (i.e. corporate conglomerates [banking and a large other variety of companies]) in order to reap massive profit. If the US actually did anything reminiscent of rational, then we would have 500,000 troops in Iraq until it was stabilized -- and even then, its only purpose (a reconsituted Iraq) would serve as a democratic/military ally to the US in the mid-east region, where strong ties are surely hard buys for the American guys. It isn't about oil, and should you suggest such, I surmise the Lord's blood may just border upon a scalding boil.

(P.S. Satirical metaphoric reference to comedically hypothesizing God's considerations upon this subject are made for reasons attributed to the descriptors already utilized herein [e.g. "satirical"; "comedically"].)

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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