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Honda next-generation solar hydrogen station – Click above for high-res image gallery

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As the White House Correspondents Association gathers in the nation's capitol this weekend to celebrate its coverage (such as it is) of the government, many of them will be shuttled around in gasoline free vehicles. Honda has stepped up to the plate with a fleet of vehicles that includes mostly the natural gas fueled Civic GX, but also a fuel cell powered FCX Clarity.

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Honda Impossible Dream II – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Honda next-generation solar hydrogen station – Click above for high-res image gallery

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The latest lessee of one of Honda's FCX Clarity fuel cell sedans is Scott Niedermayer. As captain of both the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL and the Canadian Olympic hockey team, Niedermayer is the first athlete to get one of the hydrogen-powered Hondas. The hockey star currently lives in Orange County near Los Angeles, making him eligible to get one of the fuel cell machines since he has access to fuel.

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Honda is a green automaker by design. From the very beginning, Honda has sought out ways to reduce size, weight and efficiency, and, after reading an interchange between Autocar and Honda CEO Takanobu ITO, it doesn't seem likely this will change any time soon. The first interesting tidbit that caught our attention is Ito's assertion that Honda's "European sales people are largely to blame" for Toyota overtaking Honda as the green automaker of note in Europe. Interesting, no?

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Toyota, Nissan and Honda all participated in a fuel cell demonstration run in Japan last week. The three automakers brought their most advanced hydrogen fuel cell vehicles out for the two-day trip from Tokyo to Fukuoka with an overnight stop in Osaka. The driving teams piloted a Honda FCX Clarity, a Nissan X-Trail FCV and a Toyota Highlander FCHV-adv. Back in 2007, a Toyota FCHV traveled from Osaka to Tokyo on one tank of H2.

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2009 Honda FCX Clarity - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Honda FCX Clarity - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Honda FCX Clarity - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Honda FCX Clarity - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Honda FCX Clarity - Click above for high-res gallery

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Honda FCX Clarity - Click above for high-res image gallery

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With the two-year lease up on her first generation Honda FCX fuel cell car, actress and environmentalist Q'orianka Kilcher has decided to trade up to the latest model. Kilcher this week took delivery of a new FCX Clarity in Santa Monica California. The only cars that the 19 year old Kilcher has ever had are the two hydrogen powered Hondas, so she proclaims that she has never pumped a single gallon of gasoline.

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It's looking like all auto shows are going to be feeling the pinch of a shrinking auto market including the mighty Frankfurt Motor Show. Honda has joined Nissan by pulling out of this fall's event in Germany in order to save money. Earlier this year, Nissan announced that it would only participate in one auto show on each continent -- Geneva, Tokyo and Los Angeles -- and although Honda hasn't made such a sweeping announcement yet, it appears to be taking things one show at a time. However, it wo

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The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Honda FCX Clarity and the Toyota iQ were named the top three contenders for the World Green Car of the Year award that will be announced during the New York Auto Show next month. While there were some European and American vehicles in the original list of 22 cars, only Japanese vehicles - one electric drive, one hydrogen powered and one highly-efficient gas-powered vehicle - will fight it out for top honors. Which of the three do you want to see win?

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Having honored the VW Jetta TDI as the Green Car of the Year at last month's LA Auto Show, the editors at Green Car Journal are not done with awards just yet. Next up they will be selecting a winner for the Green Car Vision award. The nominees go beyond ordinary concepts and are either current low volume production units, in fleet tests or are in development for production in the near future. The nominees are the Mitsubishi iMiEV (above), the Honda FCX Clarity, Chevy Volt, Fisker Karma and MINI

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Honda might be killing off the NSX and pulling its factory support out of various two- and four-wheeled racing events along with its long-running Honda Hoot gathering, but the automaker has managed to find the resources to invest in a five-story top hat-wearing Asimo float to lead the Rose Parade on January 1. In addition to the towering presence of Asimo, a hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity will pace the event, which moves pretty slow and therefore probably doesn't really need a pace car at all. No

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