No, there was no crime involved here. The handing over of the Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicle to a non-Hollywood person is a part of the car company’s promotion plan for its newest hydrogen vehicle.
Karen Thorp of Newport Beach, California, who regularly prosecutes mass murders as a senior deputy district attorney for L. A. County, has been blessed recently with a Honda FCX Clarity. She is the second “regular” person, behind fellow Orange County resident Jim Salomon for the honors.
Ms. Thorp is also squelching some of the hype behind the Honda since she’s reporting a total range in her vehicle closer to 200 miles and not the 270 – 280 miles estimated by the manufacturer. In addition, you can take that reported 68 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent) with a grain of salt also, since the attorney is reporting results more in the 45 to 55 mpge range.
Attorney Thorp is refueling her Honda FCX Clarity at the Irvine California station where I took some rather large photos a couple of years ago. Filling up there will give her sufficient range to make it to her job at Long Beach and back.
The New York Times has brought forth an interesting fact in that they say Honda is charging Ms. Thorp $649 per month for the lease of the Honda Clarity. This is more expensive than the $600 per month other sources are reporting such as the Clarity that is currently at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival or Honda’s own website that states, “3-Year $600 / month lease, Limited lease”.
So, I guess it pays to check out the fine print when leasing a car even if it is a cutting edge hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that so few are given the chance to drive. Upping the price on a prosecutor may not be the best PR move, so we’ll have to see what shakes out in future negotiations.