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!
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.