"It’s a big day for Honda in Japan and an even bigger day for the automotive world, as their first ever production hydrogen fuel cell car came off the line today"
- Anthony Crawford
Zero emissions, hydrogen fuel cell powered Honda FCX Clarity, a dead set reality.
This is exciting news, as it may just be the beginning of the end for those oil rich OPEC countries who have made Trillions from the sale of oil to the west over the years.
The FCX Clarity emits zero emissions, just plain old water out of the exhaust pipe. You can just see all those Brits rushing to place their orders, so as to avoid the twenty-five pound congestion tax in London.
Honda has been developing fuel cell systems since 1989, prior to any other car maker and has ten previous generation fuel cell cars for experimental use throughout the world.
Like all current hydrogen fuel cell cars, the FCX Clarity is powered by a fuel cell stack which uses a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to convert chemical energy into electrical energy, to power the motor that drives the wheels.
But here’s the catch, you can’t buy one for love or money. You have to lease the car at a cost of US$600 per month and that includes, maintenance and comprehensive insurance.
The US and Japan will only receive 70 cars per year combined and the Hollywood set has already signed up. Jamie Lee Curtis and her filmmaker husband, Chris Guest want one as does Ron Yerxa, film producer and partner at Bona Fide Productions (Cold Mountain, Little Miss Sunshine).
What’s makes the FCX Clarity so useable as an everyday vehicle is its four door design, a 30 percent increase in range to 450 kilometres and a 25 percent increase in combined fuel economy to 3.1L/100kms which is simply outstanding.
Honda has also made considerable gains in the battery area. Inside the Clarity, is a lithium ion battery pack which is 40 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter than the previous generation car.
Just three Southern California dealerships will comprise the world’s first ever fuel cell dealer network, and all will be close to hydrogen refuelling stations. That’s Costa Mesa, Santa Monica and Torrance for those that want to jump the queue.