|Honda FCX Clarity|
|aka|| Honda FCX|
Honda FCX Concept
|Production||early 2008 (est.) - present|
|Class||denote market class|
|Body Style||4-door, 5 seat Sedan|
|Transmission||transmission + drive|
|Engine||Electric engine with Lithium Ion Battery|
|Power|| 134 HP; |
189 lb-ft @ 0 - 3,056 rpm
|Designer||Honda California Design Studio under Dave Marek|
Currently there are more than 20 2002 prototype-based, leased vehicles in the hands of customers in three different American states, including the state of New York, city of Las Vegas, Chula Vista, San Francisco and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Limited marketing of a latest fuel cell vehicle based on the 2007 concept model is to begin in 2008 in Japan and the United States. Honda believes it could start mass producing vehicles based on the FCX concept by the year 2018.
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- Only 25 July, 2007 the United States Internal Revenue Service announced that the Honda’s FCX had met the requirements of the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit as a qualified fuel cell motor vehicle. Purchasers of the 2005 and 2006 Honda FCX are eligible for a $12,000 Section 30B(b) credit.
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Current Generation: (2008–present)Edit
On 15 November, 2007 at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda unveiled the FCX Clarity, the first production model, and announced that the car would be available for lease beginning in the summer 2008. Initial availability will be limited to the Southern California market, with availability expanding as hydrogen fueling stations become available.
First Generation/Origins (2002–2007)Edit
See Honda FCX for complete details.
The first FCX uses front-wheel drive and is still a two-door four-seat vehicle like its concept car predecessor. It has a maximum output of 80 kilowatts (107 horsepower) and 282 Nm (201 foot-pounds) of torque and has an operating range of 190 miles. Later with software upgrades this was enhanced to 210 miles.. The vehicle weighs in at 1680 kg (3700 pounds) and has a maximum speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) and a 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) acceleration time of 11 seconds. Main hydrogen components of the vehicle include fuel cell, two hydrogen tanks behind the rear and ultracapacitors.
This model used first fuel cell developed in-house by Honda called the Honda FC Stack. The fuel cell was introduced in October 2003 and can operate at a low temperature of −20 °C. The type of fuel cell used is a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell.. The fuel cell stack has a power of 86 kilowatts.
The hydrogen is stored into two separate containers behind the rear seat. They can accommodate a maximum of 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of hydrogen.
The FCX is a fully featured automobile and has features like traction control, cruise control, automatic climate control, CD player, power windows, power locks and power heated mirrors. The FCX seats four adults comfortably. The only thing new for 2006 model year is the Satellite Navigation System.
Honda originally only leased the FCX to certain corporate and government entities. On 29 June 2005 Honda leased an FCX to its first non-commercial customer; the Spallino family of Southern California.
According to a Honda spokesman, Andy Boyd, the expense of an FCX was estimated to be between $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 at the time (year 2005) owing to some experimental components like the fuel cell.
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- Honda FCX Technology FCX homepage (Japanese).
- Honda Fuel Cell page contains specifications of FCX, FCX Concept, Home Energy Station.
- Official FCX Concept Site for the 2005 version
- FCX Concept Test Drive Video
- 2006 Honda FCX specifications * Test driving the Honda FCX
- Honda Leases First Fuel Cell Car
- New 2006 FCX Fuel Cell Concept by Honda
- More Details on Honda's 2006 FCX Fuel Cell Car
- Honda Shows Off FCX Fuel Cell Concept Car
- Honda Introduces City of Las Vegas as Next Fuel Cell Customer - Honda Fuel Cell Technology Milestones
- Honda Fuel Cell News
- Honda FCX Forum
- Motor Trend; Honda FCX for 2008
- New Honda FCX Concept Driving Experience
- Honda FCX Clarity production fuel-cell car announced
- LA Show: Honda FCX Clarity Fuel-Cell Production Model
- Preview: Jalopnik Drives the Honda FCX Clarity
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