PHOTO CAPTION: FCX Clarity being assembled in Japan

Honda On Right Track with Hydrogen Car

Honda is leasing the FCX Clarity to customers in the Los Angeles area because of the proximity to three 24-hour-a-day public hydrogen stations.

Published: 27-Dec-2008

WASHINGTON -- For years, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles have been the far-off technological bets of the auto industry -- the car that holds the promise of gasoline-free driving.

Honda Motor Co. is starting to give a small number of drivers a glimpse into the future.

The Honda FCX Clarity debuted several months ago, and the automaker is leasing about 200 of the cars to customers in Southern California during the next three years. Tens of thousands of car enthusiasts have applied to be among the first to lease -- and for good reason.


The Cadillac Provoq fuel cell concept uses GM's E-Flex propulsion system, combining the new fifth-generation fuel cell system and a lithium-ion battery to produce an electrically driven vehicle that uses no petroleum and has no emission other than water.

Powered by a 100 kW electric engine and fuel cell stack, the i-Blue is capable of running more than 370 miles per refueling and achieves a maximum speed of more than 100 miles per hour.

Based on the full-size 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD pickup truck, the vehicle underwent extensive internal modifications to meet the technical demands and requirements needed to run on a compressed hydrogen fuel system.


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