Honda is gearing up from Japan to announce the new drivers of the FCX Clarity this coming Monday, June 16, 2008. U. S. drivers will start to take possession of the vehicles around July 1 in the Los Angeles area.
Honda says it will rollout around 200 FCX Clarity’s over the next three years and it is still looking for geographically desirable drivers in the Los Angeles and Orange County, California area.
Honda’s Manager of Fuel Cell Marketing Steven Ellis is directing potential lessees to the FCX.Honda.com website, though, when I was just there I could find no obvious way for a person to put their name on a contact form. Ellis has also recently had an interview with Ira Flatow from NPR about the upcoming rollout of the FCX Clarity.
In the interview, Ellis talks about drivers in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas having access to three public hydrogen fueling stations along with four secondary stations.
He also says that while the price of $5 per kilogram (equivalent to a gallon) sounds high, the FCX is 2 to 3 times more efficient than most gasoline-powered vehicles and that the Clarity can drive 270 miles on just four kilograms of hydrogen.
A caller to the NPR program asked whether or not the FCX Clarity would be crushed (like GM’s EV1 electric car a few years back) once the lease was finished. You can listen to Ellis’ reply at the NPR interview here.
Stay tuned for more details next week as it is certainly going to be a summer to remember for the new drivers of the Honda FCX Clarity.