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The Honda FCX Clarity is hugely important because it represents an honest to goodness fuel-cell vehicle that is going to actually be built and sold in 2008. The significance of a vehicle that spits water out of its exhaust instead of carbon is lost on virtually nobody, and it looks like Honda will be the first out of the gate. Honda has created a clever commercial to show how important its new accomplishment is, and it involves a bunch of thugs shooting it out with water guns. It's good stuff, and you can view it by clicking the read link below.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry, but this is no where NEAR the first leased fuel cell vehicle on the market.

      While this following link may or may not represent the first, it certainly predates the one listed in your article.

      http://www.motortrend.com/features/auto_news/112_news051028_ford_focus
        • 7 Years Ago
        $600 per month lease, with all included repair costs, does not make it available to the "average joe" either. The only difference between the two, other than 3 years later, is how it is being marketed.

        Go ahead and believe this is anything more than a technology test if you would like. But you would be wrong.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fuel-cell cars get Hydrogen from fossil energy so the CO2 that it isn't produced from the tail pipe is just released during the conversion. Untill they produce Hydrogen from wind, solar, or nuclear power plants through electic conversion we are just fooling ourselves. But it will be a perfect power source once they do use renewable energy to produce it. And we are only a few nuclear plants away from gas that we import. Just think of the money that we would have in our country if we did produce all of our own energy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They are putting in hydrogen stations which receive their hydrogen from renewable sources. It was on AutoblogGreen:

        http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/11/15/shell-installs-a-hydrogen-fuel-station-in-white-plains/

        It would be nice if more people realized that plug-ins and hydrogen cars have a wide variety of fuel sources available. If you're using a gas or diesel powered car, there's really only one way to get it, and it's a finite amount. It's not like we'll run out of sunshine or wind anytime soon... score one for the renewables! :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Forgive me if i'm wrong, but isn't "clean water vapor" actually the world's most prevalent greenhouse gas? It is, according to my environmental studies textbook.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Water vapor isn't necessarily warm. You're thinking of steam. Steam is invisible. Water vapor is visible and is liquid water suspended in air.

        Surely you've gone outside on a foggy day and seen cold water vapor all around you?

        H20 is a huge greenhouse gas, but I don't know if it's any more dangerous than CO2 from renewable sources (or cow farts). H2O cycles around throughout the year, we aren't unlocking new H2O from the crust.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes. it is the most PREVALENT greenhouse gas. What's your point? Prevalence doesn't equal harmful, it just means there's a lot of it. CO2 is harmful to the environment and causes heat retention. Water vapor is what clouds are made of. Then the clouds return water to the earth's surface. Do only 3 year olds and conspiracy theorists read autoblog?
          • 7 Years Ago
          Yes.

          Now tell the Gnomes of Zurich and the Illuminati to give me back my LEGOs and get out of the way of the TV - cartoons are on!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, we have a winner.
        Maybe you could lend your textbook to the UN council on climate change?
        • 7 Years Ago
        But, I presume, the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere has remained more or less constant for God knows how long (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_cycle — I wonder how the potential adoption of hydrogen-fueled vehicles in mass quantities might affect the climate, though). On the other hand, the carbon in the carbon dioxide generated by humankind's activities comes from underground and doesn't get returned there.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yup, you're right. Of course this isn't a difficult problem to solve. Simply contain the water vapor long enough for it to cool a few degrees. Liquid water is much less of a problem--unless you're on the motorcycle behind the fuel cell powered lorry.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Adding water vapor to the atmosphere is completely harmless. We have a lovely mechanism know as rain which keeps the concentration of water vapor in the atmosphere in check. CO2 doesn't just precipitate out when it reaches a high enough concentration.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There's no reason to be concerned about the water vapour emitted, at least not compared to existing engine emissions, which already contain H20 as one of the combustion products.

        1 C8H18 + 25 O2= 8 CO2 + 9 H2O is the combustion reaction for octane.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Haha, wonder if your textbook also has something on "Rain"
      • 7 Years Ago
      they're advertising to their most likely consumer: green-car loving hippies that also happen to be anti-gun hippies. Good for them that they're coming out with such a clean car, but they completely alienated the MASSIVE pro-gun community in the US from Florida, to NY, to CA. But yeah...it's still a fun commercial to watch. Looks like fun.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Jeez, lighten up. I own a bunch of guns, but I was not the least bit "aliented" by this ad. What's more, I applaud Honda for releasing what I think will be a landmark vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      now the new FCX is going to do what save the world. No way! the cars will have to last or batter yat trive to get started the world will be youseing gas for at 10years or more we all have to convert to H2O in the world to do this. right now we can not work togher to stop world huger.what make you think H2O will take off.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      At a time when the entire Southeastern region of the United States is suffering through a severe drought, bringing its very existence into question, such an obnoxious display of water wasting is innapropriate at best, if not downright offensive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ah, teh interweb's lack of a tag creates yet another victim. :-D
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whoops! I forgot about that GM fuel-cell-powered SUV, so it's not the first of that kind, either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      why not the LS2/LS7 wrote "... Water vapor is visible and is liquid water suspended in air."

      No, water vapor just like every other vapor is a gas. In the case of water vapor, it is a lighter-than-air gas. As others have correctly pointed out, the burning hydrocarbons produces water vapor--approximately one gallon of water for every gallon of gasoline burned. However, the concentration of water vapor in the atmosphere not be impacted at all by the combustion of hydrogen. The concentration of water vapor--also known as humidity--depends solely on temperature.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Err, Honda doesn't claim to be the first on the market in the ad, but you guys do realize that the original FCX was leased out in 2002, far predating both Ford and Daimler-Chrysler right? Leased to both LA's City Hall and to the Japanese PM.

      That's 2 years before DaimlerChrysler leased it to German companies, and 3 years before Ford leased their Focus out to business partners.

      The real significance here is that this car is going to be leased in larger numbers to CONSUMERS. Those other cars were all leased only to businesses or governments but not private citizens.

      Oh, and for the record, Honda leased a fuel-cell vehicle to a private citizen back in 2005 (the original FCX), but it wasn't really in large #'s.

      Plus anyways, now it's a much more modern looking car than the old FCX.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Large numbers? 100 vehicles in 2008 is large? Doesn't seem big to me, but hopefully that number will increase in the following years.

        What I want is a 1978 Cadillac Eldorado covertable fuel cell vehicle. Ridin in style!
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