Honda FXC Clarity - "The Zero-Emission Sedan of the Future - A Reality Today"

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Real Estate Agent with Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs CalBRE# 01339266

While watching TV this evening I saw a commercial that really grabbed my attention - A new car that only emits water vapor into the air that we breathe.

This sounded like some futuristic car so I went online and discovered that Honda has already started leasing this new vehicle, the Honda FXC Clarity - and a few owners have even taken delivery of their cars.

Vehicles that use hydrogen with fuel cell technology are the cleanest around because they emit only water vapor into the air we breathe. These cars simply do not pollute. They can also use hydrogen from domestic energy sources, reducing our dependence on oil. And driving fuel cell vehicles significantly reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, helping to slow the increase in greenhouse gases - Honda Website

How does it work?

A hydrogen fuel cell produces electricity for the vehicle. The fuel cell combines hydrogen, which is stored in a fuel tank onboard the vehicle, with oxygen from the air, to make electricity. The electricity then powers the electric motor, which in turn drives the front wheels. Water vapor and heat are the only byproducts.

The FCX Clarity is reported to have a top speed of 100 mph and is capable of traveling about 280 miles before refueling. Since refueling is the biggest hurdle to overcome and because there are still only a limited number of hydrogen refuelling stations in Southern California, sales of the vehicle is currently limited to Torrance, Santa Monica and Irvine areas.

California residents who meet certain qualifying requirements can lease a vehicle for 3 years at a cost of $600 per month, and this includes all service and maintenance for the duration of the lease. Eventually, Home Energy Stations which generates hydrogen from natural gas, is designed to provide heat and electricity for the home through fuel cell cogeneration and to supply fuel for a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle.

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Bobby Stevens
Windermere Real Estate/Lane County - Eugene, OR
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I'm still high on my Camry Hybrid, but this is where I want to be! Very cool.

Aug 25, 2008 02:21 AM #1
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Randy Prothero
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I would like to see them come out with something like the Honda Pilot in a fuel cell car.  I wonder what it costs for hydrogen compared to gasoline.

Aug 25, 2008 04:18 AM #2
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Larry Story
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Stewart I would love it but when will them have more Hydrogen stations?

Aug 25, 2008 05:05 AM #3
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Michael Setunsky
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I also saw the ad on TV yesterday. Hydrogen powered vehicles will definitely help the environment.

Aug 25, 2008 07:33 AM #4
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Kim Sellers
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I have been following this for a while, very cool... I will have to wheen myself from my V-8. that might take some serious thinking.

Aug 25, 2008 11:48 AM #5
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John Doe
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I love the Hydrogen concept for clean fuel.  I've been keeping my eye on the progress of BMW (who I believe was the first to test this in an older 7-series) to see when this may become a reality.  I guess it finally is!  It will be interesting to see how this works out...Hydrogen is highly flammable and something as minute as the static from your shirt (depending on the level of concentration) can ignite it.  Great post!

Kevin Wunderly

Aug 26, 2008 01:14 AM #6
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Georgie Hunter
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Cool!  It's really happening now.

Aug 26, 2008 04:19 AM #7
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
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Kevin - I was wondering about that same problem (about how flammable hydrogen is). This is going to be very interesting to follow.

Aug 26, 2008 09:06 AM #8
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