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PHOTO CAPTION: Jon Spallino refuels his Honda FCX Clarity sedan at Torrance, Ca. hydrogen station.

Life with A Hydrogen-Powered Car

Jon Spallino, one of the earliest adopters to lease a Honda FCX Clarity shares his experience leasing Honda's first commercially-available fuel cell cars.

Published: 14-Jan-2014

Jon Spallino, 48, a retired investor from Redondo Beach, Calif., on his hydrogen-powered Honda, as told to A.J. Baime:

When Honda put out a hydrogen fuel-cell car, I was the very first retail customer, in 2005. Since then I've signed on for a newer Honda FCX Clarity, which is only available in Southern California. The fuel is hydrogen in compressed gas form, which interacts with oxygen to develop electricity. The only emissions are water.

My range is about 230 miles a tank, and there are two fueling stations near me that have hydrogen pumps, which look like regular pumps, only the nozzle attaches more securely. There is no protocol yet on how to charge for the fuel, so Honda has embedded the cost in the lease price [at $600 a month plus tax]. There's no charge at the pump.

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