Honda FCX Clarity Zero Emission Fuel Cell Vehicle is Here Now!
Starting this summer, Honda will be leasing the FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle
in Southern California. This zero emission car is limited to Torrance, Irvine, and Santa Monica, as these places are the only ones with fueling station infrastructure.
The reason for this limited initial release is that in order to drive a fuel cell vehicle, you have to be able to refuel it. And since these clean cars do not run on gasoline, you can't just stop off at your regular corner gas station to fill up. Hydrogen fuel stations are critical to the deployment of a fuel cell car and, as it stands now, stations accessible to the public are still quite limited.
The FCX Clarity will travel 270 miles before needing to be refueled, and the lease costs $600 a month. It is powered by an electric motor:
The new high-output, compact electric motor that drives the FCX Clarity is powerful and quiet for a smooth and efficient ride. This lightweight motor has its roots in the one developed by Honda for the EV Plus™ electric vehicle. High efficiency over a broad output range with low noise is the main benefit of this next-generation motor.
Here's how it works:
hydrogen fuel cell produces electricity for the vehicle. The fuel cell combines hydrogen, which is stored in a fuel tank onboard the vehicle, with oxygen from the air to make electricity. The electricity then powers the electric motor, which in turn drives the front wheels. Water vapor and heat are the only byproducts.
I can't wait to see these slick fuel cell Hondas on the road this summer!
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at May 27, 2008 8:49 AM