First Worldwide Delivery Of Honda FCX Clarity 'Zero Emissions' Car
American Honda Motor Company delivered the first Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car to a customer in California last Friday (July 25, 2008). The Honda dealership Honda Of Santa Monica in Los Angeles took part in the ceremony in which the keys were handed over to Ron Yerxa and Annette Ballester, the first owners of this 'zero emissions' Honda car.
Honda will lease 200 FCX Clarity cars to customers in both Southern California, and in Japan over a three year hydrogen fuel cell marketing trial. FCX Clarity leasing will start in Japan in November 2008. The new Honda FCX Clarity runs on hydrogen gas and produces water as an exhaust, making it a zero emissions vehicle (ZEV). There are no CO2 gas emissions. The seats of the FCX Clarity are made from Bio-Fabric, the first ever automotive seat covering to be made from plant based materials.
The FCX Clarity has a Honda V Flow Fuel Cell Stack that converts hydrogen gas to electricity, which is used to power a 100 kW electric motor. The Honda FCX Clarity has a top speed of 160 km/h (102 mph) and a range of 620 km (388 miles). Refuelling is performed at Los Angeles area hydrogen fuelling stations that are part of California's Hydrogen Highway initiative.