Hold on to your hats and get ready for two conspiracy theories regarding two of Honda's green car projects. That's right, and they both come from the same source, a man named Edwin Black. While the first theory questioning Honda's true green allegiances revolved the compressed natural gas-powered Civic GX, the second involves the hydrogen-fueled FCX Clarity. While highlighting all of the Clarity's best points, including the fact that it uses zero petroleum while running, Mr. Black questions why Honda doesn't offer its hydrogen-car in more markets. Black throws Honda's own reasoning - that there aren't enough refueling stations - out the window. He reasons that the automaker held back its Home Energy Center, which reforms natural gas into hydrogen right in your garage.
Why would Honda sabotage its own hydrogen car? As Black sees it, the project was scaled back so that Honda could continue offering fuel-guzzling SUVs and trucks... and the S2000 roadster. Sorry, but we're not buying this argument. Just like Black's last assertion regarding the Civic GX, a huge number of details are left out in an effort to place all the blame solely on Honda. For instance, how much does it cost to create the FCX Clarity? We're not sure, but even at the current lease rate of $600 per month, the automaker is losing lots of money. Plus, the home refueling station would add a significant chunk again. We could think of more reasons why Black's a bit off, but suffice it to say that we don't agree. Thoughts?
[Source: Edwin Black / The Auto Channel]