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2011 Honda FCX Clarity news, pictures, and information
Honda FCX Clarity Paves the Way Toward a Zero-Emissions FutureThe Honda FCX Clarity is a sleekly styled hydrogen fuel cell-electric-powered sedan currently available on a limited retail basis in Southern California. The FCX Clarity is a key part of Honda's efforts to successfully develop, certify and distribute zero-emissions vehicles.
Propelled by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated in a fuel cell, the FCX Clarity's only emission is water, and its fuel efficiency is three times that of a modern gasoline-powered automobile and two times that of a gasoline-powered hybrid vehicle. The compact and powerful Honda V Flow Fuel Cell Stack allows for unprecedented spaciousness and a futuristically stylish, low-slung design previously unattainable in fuel cell electric vehicles and marks the significant progress that Honda continues to make in advancing the real-world performance and appeal of a fuel cell electric car.
The FCX Clarity lease program marked its two-year anniversary on July 25, 2010. Customers pay $600 per month for three years to lease the FCX Clarity from Honda, which covers maintenance costs. This lease program is the world's first large-scale retail initiative for fuel cell electric vehicle technology. Since its launch, more than 70,000 individuals have expressed interest in leasing the FCX Clarity and have signed up on the vehicle website: www.fcx.honda.com.
Honda began operation of the Honda Solar Hydrogen Station, a next-generation solar hydrogen station prototype in January, 2010, at the Los Angeles Center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. The system is ultimately intended for use as a home-based refueling appliance that is capable of refilling a fuel cell electric vehicle overnight. Compatible wîth a 'smart grid' energy system, the Honda Solar Hydrogen Station would enable users to refill their vehicle overnight without the requirement of hydrogen storage, which would lower CO2 emissions by using less expensive off-peak electrical power. During daytime peak power demand, the Solar Hydrogen Station can export renewable electricity to the grid, providing a cost benefit to the customer, while remaining energy neutral.
Honda Fuel Cell-Electric Vehicle Firsts:
The original FCX became the first EPA- and CARB-certified fuel cell vehicle in July 2002. The FCX was also the world's first production fuel cell vehicle, introduced to the Ú.S. and Japan in October 2002. Additional highlights include:
•The FCX was the first fuel cell vehicle to start and operate in sub-freezing temperatures (2003).
•The FCX was the first fuel cell vehicle placed in the hands of an individual customer (July 2005).
•Honda becomes the first auto manufacturer of a dedicated fuel cell vehicle on a production line specifically for hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles (2008)
•Honda becomes the first manufacturer to create a fuel cell vehicle dealer network (2008)Source - Honda
Honda FCX Clarity - Development BackgroundOver one hundred years have passed since the birth of the automobile. As we look for better ways to create and harness energy for transportation, Honda remains focused on creating sustainable mobility. We are lòòking toward the next hundred years and exploring the challenge of new fuels and powerplants. We're working to keep the dream of personal mobility alive for generations yet to come.
It's the realization of a dream. And the beginning of another.
We want to create cars that make people's lives more fun, and develop technologies that bring new value to our customers and society. That's what Honda and its engineers are after - to share the value that the automobile has to offer wîth people around the world. Therefore we have put our own ideas to work creating exciting new technology: taking the lead and taking the initiative, we are aiming to create the future of the automobile.
At the same time, we recognize that the planet faces urgent problems, such as global warming, atmospheric pollution and resource depletion; and that the automobile is having a significant impact on our environment. We want to help preserve a healthy environment to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy mobility. We recognize our responsibility to face these problems squarely and are taking up the challenge of developing more environmentally responsible technologies.
Fuel cell vehicles, which run on hydrogen and emit no CO2 or other harmful emissions, may be the key to securing a bright future for the automobile in society. Honda became the world's first carmaker to put a fuel cell car on the road wîth regular customers, delivering the Honda FCX to fleet users in the Únited States and Japan in 2002. We have continued to improve performance, range and efficiency, overcoming the daunting challenge of cold weather operation, and delivering vehicles to additional fleet users and to private individuals. We have been working constantly, wîth a clear focus on the customer and real-world deployments, toward the full-scale commercialization of fuel cell vehicles worldwide.
Now we're ready to make another great leap forward, introducing a fuel cell vehicle that delivers superior environmental performance and is fun to drive. The FCX Clarity embodies Honda's innovative spirit, environmental vision, and uncompromising approach to product quality and performance. This all-new Honda fuel cell vehicle addresses environmental issues in a comprehensive fashion, wîth elegance, integrity and a level of driving performance that customers expect from Honda. The automobile of the future is here today.
An eye-catching and futuristic design
Honda has set aside the framework of automotive design. A new and very exciting kind of vehicle has been conceived, offering a level of styling and distinctiveness that customers of premium vehicles expect.
It had to have four wheels. Beyond that, we were free.
There's no engine - this is a completely different powerplant. Free from common design constraints, the Honda team took an entirely new approach. The goal was to create a totally innovative, exciting design that suggests the future at a glance - a dynamic, full-cabin sedan featuring innovative packaging that takes advantage of the fuel cell vehicle's layout versatility and powerful driving performance.
Since the motor is so compact, Honda engineers were able to create a revolutionary new platform wîth a low center of gravity and a long wheelbase. The result was a new type of sedan wîth unique porportions and a futuristic look.
An emotional appeal that goes beyond environmental responsibility
Últimately, the appeal of a car emerges from its appearance - a sense of motion even when it's standing still. Features like the accentuated fender flares complement the dynamically tapered lines of the front and back of the cabin and the flowing side lines of the one-motion form. The innovative and attractive packaging of the FCX Clarity take it well beyond the realm of environmental responsibilitySource - Honda
Honda Delivers FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle to 2010 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team Captain Scott NiedermayerFour-time Stanley Cup champion, Anaheim Ducks captain and environmentalist becomes first professional athlete to lease Honda's zero-emissions vehicle
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., delivered a zero emissions hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle today to its latest customer, 2010 Canadian Olympic hockey team captain, Scott Niedermayer. Also a team captain for the Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League team, Niedermayer is a leader both on and off the ice, promoting an environmentally responsible lifestyle and the protection of natural resources.
'My love for nature and the outdoors developed while growing up in Canada and I hope the generations after me get to experience nature as I have,' said Scott Niedermayer. 'Everyday actions, like driving the zero-emissions Honda FCX Clarity, will help to make this dream a reality.'
Honda's FCX Clarity produces electricity onboard from hydrogen via Honda's innovative V Flow fuel cell stack wîth water vapor as its only emission. Significant advances include exhilarating performance, futuristic sedan packaging and a driving range of up to 240 miles*. FCX Clarity's fuel efficiency is three times that of a comparable, modern gasoline-powered automobile.
'The FCX Clarity demonstrates Honda's commitment to developing zero-emissions vehicles, and we believe that having drivers like Scott Niedermayer behind the wheel of a Honda FCX Clarity is a great way to reach out to a new audience of drivers,' said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. 'We hope that Scott's example of driving the FCX Clarity will inspire fans and other athletes to consider more environmentally responsible products.'
Niedermayer and his wife, Lisa, reside in Orange County, California, wîth their four sons. The family enjoys the outdoors together by camping and mountain biking. Their love of nature has inspired the family to seek a greener lifestyle that includes changes such as adding insulation around the family home and installing a radiant barrier on the roof to conserve energy. Niedermayer already carpools to games wîth his fellow teammates and promotes a recycling program around his team's dressing room.
Honda's advanced fuel cell electric vehicles have been tested and proven through a series of successful partnerships over the last seven years wîth various fleet users and retail customers. A small but growing network of hydrogen fuel stations in Southern California allow for vehicle refueling in about five minutes and offer a clean, domestic energy supply for transportation. Honda has gained extensive experience from the deployment of several generations of its fuel cell electric vehicle technology wîth the ultimate goal of achieving the mass-market commercialization of zero-emissions fuel cell vehicles.
*Fuel economy estimates and driving range based on EPA test data. Your actual driving distance will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicleSource - Honda
Honda FCX Clarity Named 2009 World Green CarRecognizing Honda's commitment to environmental leadership in the area of alternative fuels and hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology, the Honda FCX Clarity was declared the 2009 World Green Car, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.
At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Mobil 1 at the Jacob Javits Center in, New York, the Honda FCX Clarity was named the 2009 World Green Car. The FCX Clarity was chosen from an initial entry list of 22 contenders nominated by 59 World Car jurors from 25 countries worldwide.
'The FCX Clarity is a symbol of the progress we have made wîth fuel cell vehicles and our commitment to developing vehicles that promote renewable energy supplies and zero-emissions transportation,' said Steve Center, vice president, national Marketing Operations for American Honda.
The FCX Clarity, a sleekly styled hydrogen fuel cell-powered sedan currently available on a limited lease-basis, is propelled by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated by an on-board fuel cell stack. The vehicle's only emission is water, and its fuel efficiency is up to three times that of a modern gasoline-powered automobile and two times that of a gasoline-powered hybrid vehicle.
The World Green Car awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale.
The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.Source - Honda
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