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by George Skentzos

Honda has unveiled the all-new FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show overnight, with plans to begin limited retail marketing of the car by mid-2008.

The FCX Clarity is a zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle utilising the entirely-new Honda V Flow cell platform.

Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car

Honda’s V Flow stack is used in combination with a new compact and efficient lithium ion battery pack and a single hydrogen storage tank to power the vehicle’s electric drive motor.

Hydrogen combines with atmospheric oxygen in the fuel cell stack, where chemical energy from the reaction is converted into electric power used to propel the vehicle with a maximum output of 100kW and 256Nm.

Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car

Additional energy captured through regenerative braking and deceleration is stored in the lithium ion battery pack, and used to supplement power from the fuel cell, when needed. The vehicle’s only emission is water.

This next generation FCX Clarity boasts significant improvements over its predecessor. This includes a 20-percent increase in fuel economy equivalent to 68mpg or roughly 3.5-litres per 100km, and a 30-percent increase in range to 435km.

Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car

Its environmental theme is continued in the interior, where the seat upholstery and door linings are manufactured from Honda Bio-Fabric – a plant-based material, as well as a full compliment of advanced safety, comfort and convenience features which include sat nav, a rear parking camera, climate-controlled seats and Bluetooth connectivity.

Despite the FCX Clarity’s only emission being water, CO2 is still produced through the production of hydrogen, although this is still less than half that produced by a conventional petrol vehicle.






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