• Nov 19th 2007 at 9:26AM
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click above image for the First Drive of the 2009 Honda FCX

Following the conclusion of press days at the 2007 LA Auto Show, AutoblogGreen got invited to join Honda for a first drive in its FCX Clarity. In case you missed the announcement last week, when it becomes "available" next summer, the FCX Clarity will the world's first series production fuel cell-powered car. Another unique aspect of the FCX is the fact that it was designed from the ground up as a fuel cell vehicle rather than being converted from an existing vehicle. Previously only concepts like the Chevy Sequel had this distinction. The Clarity is remarkably complete and functional with all the amenities you would expect on a car like the Acura RL. Get the whole scoop on the 2009 FCX Clarity at AutoblogGreen.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ah, Bob-omb it IS nice logic. I already have a van (odyssey) and an SUV (avalanche). I am sorry that my large family life of 5 (soon to be 6) doesn't fit into your logic. See, I work full time and so does the wife, and we both have to transport the kids without being able to meet up, so anything smaller is useless. And I guess I should be able to sell my avalanche and get another van, huh? Then I cannot transport any of my tools/supplies for work. And the V8 is great for towing at jobsites.

      Thanks again for fitting me into "your" agenda.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OK Bananabrain how about this?

      How come you are bitching up a storm in this blog about a car that will not help you, even if it is mainstream, since it does not fit a "large" family such as yours?

      Your points are irrelevant and shall be disregarded as nonsence bitching about new technology that is not within your reach.

      This blog is targeted for those of us who truly appreciate new technology and the strive to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels period, not about how it can tow a trailer, 7 fatties, ladders, sheet rock, granite kitchen counters...etc. For those people I guess you will have a very long way to go unless you want to consider Ford's LPG vehicles which are available to commercial and the public.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ok Bananas

        I think i am finally getting your point and yes i do agree with what you are saying. I think maybe you should have clarified this instead of ranting and bitching about because it makes you come off wrong to the general bloggers who are totally pro new technological advances. You don't want to make yourself sound like the pro oil bushie Hummer H1/Suburban/Excursion type.

        Yes it's true that there should be a less confusing choice for the next generation of alternative fuels for automobiles. To me I have always liked the propane idea mostly because it has been tried and done in many situations, not to mention it makes much better use of your engine then standard gasoline. Also it does not cost much to refill and has much higher MPG's than petrol or diesel. Propane based vehicles are offered to the public by Ford, by special order, and also commercial vehicles such as a forklift and even some taxi cabs in some countries. Personally if I can convert my vehicle to propane I will be happy and would not even look at the fuel cell technology until i have to purchase my next car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        OK tanooki, I guess what I am trying to get at is this (this is where the auto manufacturers piss me off): Why can't there be a better solution to our mainstream (ICE) gas or deisel vehicles right now? I am all for better technology and new ideas/sources. What I am sick off is companies "coming out" (a very loose term) with a vehicle that is nothing more than marketing hype for the brand as a bragging right. If Honda can pull this off, then great!

        I kind of equate it to this; the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD war. Why does there have to be two? Both have pros and cons, like most things. But they are making it harder for consumers in general to choose. Just like vehicles, there are choices, and some that will play both. But why does there have to be a hybrid this, a plug-in that, a 'look at me I run on switchgrass' vehicle, when the majority run on fossil fuels? Having choice and selection is great. New technlogies are cool and a great thing to work on, but why is it that when a manufacturer makes 1 model with this new tech, it should be revered with admiration across the board? I am simply stating that this Honda means nothing if they cannot get it to the masses, and then expand on the hydrogen fuel cell with other vehicles. Just like how the electric car(s) are having such trouble making it. There are too many things out there. Why can't they all focus on one thing NOW that will help out, and THEN start working on other things?

        Oh, and I am tired of all the name calling crap, so let's just stick to chatting about cars & tech, OK? Thanks.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Dumbass... I mean Bananas..,

      You seem to be the Brittney Spears of this blog. Everyone secretly hates you and your opinion, but we are so interested in continually reading it. You are ignorant and really out of touch with reality. For example, you state:

      "What I am sick off is companies "coming out" (a very loose term) with a vehicle that is nothing more than marketing hype for the brand as a bragging right."

      The Volt, Prius, and FCX are not simply used for marketing hype. Beleive it or not, they are actually the beginnings to bigger solutions to an enormous problem. Sorry that GM didn't first put its E-flex architecture into a Tahoe or that Honda didn't make it's first fuel cell vehicle an Oddessy. It takes a long time for this kind of stuff to catch on and begin to grow, but it has to start somewhere, and it is completely stupid of you to bash it because it can't initially meet the needs of YOUR family.

      Also, I have no idea where in there world you came up with your logic that because there aren't hydrogen filling stations EVERYWHERE already, that Honda can't come out with a fuel cell vehicle. Gee... maybe after honda's FXC catches on, hydrogen refueling stations will be built in more places. Again, you=britney spears=dumbass=ignorant=bitching about something... should I really go on?

      (Oh, and by the way, my family as 6 people also, and yes, we have a suburban. You don't see me bitching)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seriously, everytime I log onto this website there is always a construction worker with 13 kids bitching about how he deserves to pull his boat and trailer.
        • 7 Years Ago
        HAHAH You sure hit the head on the nail.

        So sad but true.

        For those complainers/bitchers, ever heard of the Subaru Forester or the Volvo V50??
        • 7 Years Ago
        And I have to read about all the greenies whining about SUV drivers. I don't have a boat or a trailer. I do need a large vehicle. NO ONE makes an efficient one.

        I guess it is not OK to bitch about what I need, and I should just conform to your green agenda then? What is the difference in you complaining about SUVs and me complaining about a large efficient vehicle?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I tried, I honestly tried to get through the AutoBlog Green road test review,but I couldn't make it through the first paragraph with the requisite quasi-religious statement about global warming.

      About once a month I make this mistake and wander over to AutoBlog Green where I invariably end up with a headache and reduced hope for the future of logical thought in the world.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My sentiments exactly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To achieve a complete hydrogen infrastructure in the auto industry would be akin to the chicken or the egg analogy. At least Honda has the guts to try to crack the problem -- even if they have to spend millions to put a dent into it and see if it will catch on. I hope their solar-powered, water-to-H2 home energy station would get cheaper one day, then we would see a revolution in the auto industry.
      Maybe if the government will subsidize part of its cost, or offer a big tax refund, and if corporations would buy a few H2 vehicles (i don't care if its from Honda, GM, Ford, etc) plus a couple of solar-powered HES for their corporate transportation needs, then at least its a start towards helping reduce these prices. Think of a world when we wouldn't have to rely on foreign oil at least for our auto industry. Yes, i know this is all wishful thinking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey guys, the link is leading to the comments page.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Give Honda Credit they are miles ahead of the other car makers, they really take this serious, producing fuel cell cars that are real, They arent just talking they are doing.

      I saw a Civic sized Honda fuel cell car at an airport in California many years ago.

      You guys need to look out for a PBS show about hydrogen cars featuring Alan Alda, its a few years old but fascinating.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bananas - Dodge designs SUV that seats 7 and gets 26mpg on the highway... It's called a Caravan. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a wonderful development! This is a big step in cleaning up this planet of ours. To hear that the car has plenty of torque and is pretty fun to drive is the best news to me - the only thing that has been keeping me from hyrbids is that they aren't fast enough for an enthusiast like myself.

      So now we go a step further with a FUEL CELL vehicle that is fun to drive, produces absolutely no pollution, and looks good to boot? If fifteen years from now cars like this are available all over the country we are looking at some real progress!

      Kudos, Honda!
        • 7 Years Ago
        This will also help us sign the divorce papers with OPEC
        and there won't be a threat with Venezuela and Iran if we go full steam head with Hydro. Hopefully our trucking and commercial industries are doing their part as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Tim, You are a BIGGER ass than I. How do you expect me to get my family around? Magic? Obviously you are a troll living in the magical world of the Internet, where everything is A-OK. Here in reality, things cost money, and any improvement on fuel economy is a great step in the right direction.

      Now, as to Honda doing this, it is USELESS until wide-spread refueling abilities are available (which a YEARS AND YEARS AWAY!). Just like GMs Volt is USELESS until they actually get them on the road and have a way to recharge them (WHICH IS YEARS AND YEARS AWAY TOO!). They are both the same...marketing hype for the manufacturers. When a manufacturer comes out with an efficient large vehicle, I will bite. Unless you want to lend me some money, I cannot afford a third car that is more efficient, and I would not even bother with a GM "hybrd" large SUV. Those beasts are a joke (albeit better than the non hybrid versions).

      Now Tim, if you want to be civil and carry on a good converation, no problem my friend. Otherwise, go back under your bridge.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sedatives my friend. Sedatives.
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