• Nov 14, 2007

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Two years after unveiling the fuel cell-powered FCX concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda today revealed the production version of the car that will be available next summer, along with a name and a price. The car now known as the FCX Clarity will be available to retail customers starting in mid-2008 for a three year lease. The $600/month price tag will include all maintenance and collision insurance. Unlike GM's Project Driveway program, Honda made it clear that engineers won't be following these cars around. People will be able to come into a Honda dealer, sign the papers and drive away. At least if they live in southern California. Initially, the cars will only be available to customers in areas where hydrogen filling stations are available. The production version remains true to the concept with the only real change being the nose, which has been stretched a few inches to provide for some crush space. The range on a full tank of hydrogen compressed to 5,000 psi remains at 270 miles and the vertical flow fuel cell can start at temperatures down to -22F

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I am surprised that only one other person has commented on the lack of current hydrogen fueling stations. HELLOOOO! its not like the average american can zip down to their local Blimp fueling-station to top off the tank of their new honda.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Autoblog: "... the FCX Clarity will be available to retail customers starting in mid-2008 for a three year lease."

      Is this car for lease only, with no option to buy it at the end of the lease? I can already sense the sequel to "Who Killed the Electric Car".
        • 7 Years Ago
        If I remember correctly, Honda crushed all their electric cars as well.

        The EV+s...
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, Honda will get a pass on that, just for the fact that they are not GM
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't believe some people are commenting on the styling of this car and overlooking the fact that this car does not run on gasoline. Here's why GM gets no respect when they produce any alternative vehicle concept. Anyone remember the Hy-wire? The hydrogen platform that could be modified for all sorts of bodies and what not? That was supposed to be the future. Now it's the Volt that's going to put GM on the map. The Volt was DOA from its inception. It runs on a battery technology that doesn't even exist. Honda's had this new FCX running for at least the last year and now it's available for lease to the public. The home filling station will also be available when the vehicle is on the market. For GM to be beaten so badly by a much smaller Honda in the engineering and technological field is embarrassing. Oh, and did you think that Honda won't be improving this vehicle as the years go by? In 5 years the Volt will be another worthless and forgotten concept and we'll have the 3rd gen FCX.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a Buick!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone know how much it will cost to fill up the tank? 600/month is already kind of pricey for a car and I keep hearing that the cost of hydrogen isn't economical. Still, kudos to Honda for bringing this to, albeit a limited, market.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Zoom: I think you're missing my point. Why use hydrogen which takes a ton of energy to produce, produces less energy, produces CO2 as a byproduct of the natural gas reformation, is very difficult to store, has no infrastructure, and produces one of the worst greenhouse gases as a waste product? You'd be better off using the natural gas you started with for fuel. It's more energetic, has a strong infrastructure, can be stored easily, and is arguably just as clean.

        Yes, I know the difference between a fuel cell and an IC engine. Yes, in theory, the fuel cell would be more efficient. And yes, a fuel cell should last longer because there are far fewer moving parts. But the facts are that a lot of energy is lost as heat in fuel cells (just like in IC), they tend to foul up if the air used isn't absolutely pure, and a lot of energy is lost in the natural gas reformation process. It just doesn't make sense to use hydrogen.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They will be selling a home fueling station that reforms natural gas into hydrogen for the car. So the fuel price will be the price of natural gas plus the reforming station. Personally, I think why bother with the hydrogen and just run it on the natural gas. It's still producing CO2 in the natural gas reformer.

        Besides, I hope hydrogen never actually catches on. The water vapor coming out of the tailpipe would be a much, much worse contributor to global warming (if it exists...) than CO2.
      • 7 Years Ago
      and collision insurance?
      what ifyou have a brutal driving record?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if people laugh when they see vehicles like this. Great concept, no doubt, but damn. Looks like some old Dodge Intrepid made out with a Prius.
      • 7 Years Ago
      and collision insurance?
      what ifyou have a brutal driving record?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know what you all are complaining about. I think it is an interesting and appealing design, I love the dash. If it were to become available in my area I would consider giving up the Prius for it. Good for Honda for getting to market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks like a cross between a civic, a prius, and a new altima (because of the rear shoulder line over the fenders).

      Honestly though, I think it looks a lot more like a Honda than the new monster Accord, and I mean that in a good way.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In the race to have an actual fuel cell vehicle in the marketplace, Honda FTW! For all you "just keep one name" posters, FCX is an acronym for "Fuel Cell Experimental" - a bit like the labels you used to see on cars advertising what was underhood "FI" or "DOHC" or "Turbo" etc. Still need to get an actual fuelling infrastructure in place. Impressive that so many of the glitches in fuel cells have been worked through enough to have something for "Joe Customer" to drive (instead of Eddie Engineer/Matt Mechanic).

      Bravo Honda (and yes, the styling is a bit "off", but "function over form" and all that, I guess)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have never seen fueling station price for hydrogen.
      It takes a lot of energy to produce hydrogen and it
      is very expensive to transport compared to gasoline.
      For same energy volume it takes ten hydrogen
      delivery trucks, in place of one gasoline delivery
      truck. Also, in a confined space, hydrogen is about
      ten times more dangerous than gasoline.
      Hydrogen promoters never talk about these problems.
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