Hydrogen Heaven

by Cristina Foung

My favorite green product of the week: the Honda FCX Clarity Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

What is it?
The Honda FCX Clarity is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. It takes hydrogen and oxygen to generate the electricity needed to power the vehicle. It has a range of about 270 miles and a top speed of 100 MPH.

Why is it better?
As you may have noticed I’m rather fond of clean, interesting vehicles. Of course, as they say in the TV spot, wouldn’t it be great if you could replace something harmful with water? Yes, indeed. That would be great!

But which of these is unlike the other: the Tesla Roadster, the cityZENN, the Vectrix motorcycle, and the Honda FCX Clarity?

You guessed it. It’s the FCX Clarity. Unlike the first three, the Honda runs itself on electricity generated from hydrogen, and emits only water vapor and heat into the air. And as much as I hear hydrogen isn’t worth the hype, the FCX Clarity is a pretty cool zero-emissions vehicle (and will be certified by CARB).

Where can you find it?
If you live in Southern California, you’re in luck. A limited number of FCX Clarity vehicles are going to be leased in Torrance, Santa Monica and Irvine come summer. The lease amount will be around $600 per month for three years and it includes maintenance.

If you don’t live in Southern California, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. According to the Honda website, they’ll roll out vehicles as the hydrogen infrastructure develops (assuming it does ever develop).

Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at Huddler.com, which focuses on electric cars, energy efficient appliances, and other green products.

3 replies
  1. James
    James says:

    I read that Hydrogen is the most abundant energy source . Hydrogen is not actually a source of energy , but a terrific carrier and storage , What is coning to market by the new car manufacturers is great news , but what does the general public do about their gas guzzlers that they can;t afford to replace ? Or the person that truly needs that SUV , Van or light truck ? There's a New Jersey privately owned research and development company that has the answers that will fill the gap over the next 10 or 15 years of transition . They have what they call the " Hydro Assist Fuel Cell ( HAFC ) with doesn't require a special fuel tank no a station for the purpose of filling up . The unit produces hydrogen on demand on board . They've already sold and installed over 3,500 unis nation wide over the past year . The average icrease in fuel economy realized has been 96% and a few dozen have gained 150% . They " GUARANTEE " a 50% improvement or 100 % money back . This is only phase #1 of their modification process . They'll soon have a unit for diesel . Phase #2 is the " crown jewel ". It's called the " Pre Ignition Catalytic Converter " . Instead of burning up ( wasting ) the unburnt fuel it turns it into plasma and and utilizes it as power . The only thing coming out of the exhaust is water vapor and oxygen .They aren't allowed to road test under normal street conditions as it not yet EPA and CARB approved , but this is in the process and the schedules market release is 08/31 .They tested on a dynomometer on a 2005 Dodge van with a 318 V-8 , pulling a trailer similating a 50% load , up a 30% grade at 3,000 RPMs for an hour . Before modification it utilized 18 pounds of fuel . After modification it utilized 2 pounds of fuel . That's 22 MPG vs 196 MPG . They say that the vehicle owners of SUVs , V-8s and light trucks can expect 100 MPG . Watch for a news release on 08/31-09/01 . I would leave a website and/or contact # , but not sure it's allowed on here . No infrastructure changes needed . Big oil will no longer be in control . The only thing that will stop this is martial law and judging from the past suppressions it's quite possible so be aware . TPTB consider this as a huge threat to the status quo . The energy crisis is a hoax ! JHRedding , Ca

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