The Low Down On Green Living
June 17th, 2008
Honda has just announced that it will be releasing the FCX Clarity in the US market in 2009. This is a major piece of automotive progress! The Clarity will get 68 MPG and be a zero-emissions vehicle.
How it works: The fuel cell combines hydrogen with oxygen to make electricity. The electricity then powers the electric motor, which in turn propels the vehicle. Water is the only byproduct the FCX Clarity leaves behind. No carbon emissions, no reliance on foreign oil.
To learn more about hydrogen as a fuel for cars, and about the scarcity of hydrogen fueling stations, click here.
According the reviewers at Business Week, the new Clarity is ”a futuristic jellybean, first impressions suggesting a cross between the new Honda Accord and the Prius… If we had any complaint, surprisingly, it was rear visibility, despite the sedan’s expanse of glass.” You can read the rest of the detailed review here.
How much does it cost? Customers will pay $600 a month, over the course of three-year leases, including both maintenance and insurance. The first models will be leased in the L.A. area, but Honda hopes to roll it out to other major markets as well. The problem in those other markets will likely be that there are very few hydrogen filling stations, as compared to California where there are at least a few.
Well, we still can’t wait to see it on the road!
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