The Honda FCX Clarity has hit UK roads for the first time this week as a part of a trial for the hydrogen-powered car. Honda hopes to educate politicians and other industry decision-makers about the technology with the trial.
Honda will give the car to many politicians and media figures throughout the week to promote hydrogen as a means of environmentally-friendly power. The car will also test London's infrastructure to see what kind of demands the technology places upon it.
Vince Cable, Secretary of State, was one of the first drivers to test the car and said he was happy to find out more about technology. He also said in a recent report,
"The Government is keen to encourage all forms of low carbon vehicle technology such as hydrogen fuel cells, hybrids or significantly more efficient conventional vehicle. This is part of our push to stimulate the market for green motoring and give consumers greater choice."
Although there have been no plans to develop a more substantial infrastructure including multiple filling stations in the UK, this trial is hoping to provoke such development. In Japan and parts of America, the Honda FCX Clarity is a normal production model in Honda's lineup available for lease. These countries do offer plenty of hydrogen filling stations though.
Managing director of Honda UK, Dave Hodgetts, says hydrogen power is the way to go for zero-emission technology, saying,
"Petrol-electric hybrids – like our Civic, Insight and CR-Z models – are currently an effective way to reduce emissions from cars, but fuel cell electric cars are the ultimate environmental technology.
"The FCX Clarity is a real world production vehicle that emits no harmful exhaust gasses, offers a range of around 270 miles (435km), a short refuelling time and the practicality and performance of a conventional saloon (sedan). It could revolutionise the future of motoring."
Hydrogen fuel cell cars emit nothing but H2O (water) from the exhaust pipe, making it a very-nearly zero-emissions package.