Hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity launched

Hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity launched

Honda’s advanced hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle came off the assembly line at the world’s first dedicated fuel cell vehicle manufacturing facility in Japan. After 19 years of development, the arrival of this “real world” fuel cell car is a step forward towards cleaner motoring. While expensive, the car will be available only on lease in the United States and Japan, in limited numbers.

The FCX Clarity – which emits only water from its exhaust pipe – was presented at a line-off ceremony at the Honda Automobile New Model Centre in Tochigi Prefecture, where Honda also showcased a number of the new production processes.

A new dedicated fuel cell vehicle assembly line has been established at the Honda Automobile New Model Center, which includes processes unique to a fuel cell vehicle such as the installation of the fuel cell stack and hydrogen tank. Honda Engineering produces all fuel cell stacks itself, also in Tochigi. In manufacturing fuel cells, exclusively-designed automated equipment was introduced to ensure quality of the highest precision while enabling mass production of cells, with several hundred cells required for each fuel cell stack.

The FCX Clarity was designed from scratch as a dedicated fuel cell vehicle. It is powered by the highly compact, efficient and powerful Honda V Flow fuel cell stack. Boasting a low-slung appearance made possible by the layout of the fuel cell power plant, the FCX Clarity is still a practical four-door vehicle. Lease sales are scheduled to begin in July in the U.S. and this fall in Japan. The combined sales plan for Japan and the U.S. calls for a few dozen units within a year and about 200 units within three years.

Using hydrogen gas to power an electric motor that outputs 134 hp, the Honda FCX Clarity cannot be bought outright. In USA, it will be available to Californian residents in 2008 for a 3-year lease costing US$ 600 (Dhs 2,202) per month. In total the 3-year lease would cost US$ 21,600 (Dhs 79,272) after 36 months, including insurance and servicing costs.

What do you think?



  1. nice shape good looking

  2. good from honda….but why the numbers of cars are very low????

  3. Author

    These revolutionary cars cost much more, which is why Honda is not really selling them. More like renting them out cheap.

  4. wheels, UAEs weekly car mag says that it costs 3 million $ to buy.

  5. imagine what will happen if this hydrogen tank explode.
    by the way, did you hear this great news?

  6. Author

    Don’t worry about that. It basically means stay away from places known as American hangouts, such as the US embassy, bars, nightclubs and Chilis.

  7. —imagine what will happen if this hydrogen tank explode.—
    dont have to imagine. just have to remember 2 famous hydrogen accidents that happened in the past.

    first there’s the Hindunburg airship: Instead of helium, this airship was filled with hydrogen and during one docking the airship was on fire. you can find vids of this disaster on Youtube.

    and second there’s the Space shuttle Challenger. Some hydrogen leaked and there was a fire and BOOM!

  8. Hydrogen tanks exploding…guess that woullessen the reliability rating of the car and MAKE A COOL EXPLOSION OF COURSE!!!!!!

  9. *woullessen=would lessen

  10. lol, with all this explosion talk, GOOD LUCK HONDA! 😛

  11. As long as i pop the hood and understand what i see under it then ill be happy with this car… It looks like the most efficient and ambitious hydrogen car project so far…

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