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Honda Providing Clarity on Rollout of FCX

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.

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3 comments

  1. Just a quick question about:

    […]
    He [Steven Ellis] 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 on just four kilograms of hydrogen.
    […]

    When you mention that “the Clarity can drive 270 on just four kilograms of hydrogen”, is that 270 Km or 270 Miles?
    I’d assume is in Km since you are using metric system (Kg or Kilograms) 🙂

    If that’s the case it would mean that one can drive 167 Miles on $5 since 270 Km/Kg would equal to 167.77 Mi/Gal
    So that would make a fuel cell x5 more efficient of an average conventional gasoline-powered car. If 270 is instead expressed in miles it would be even better making efficiency factor raise to x9 (and that’s why I doubt that 270 is a value expressed in miles ;))

    Best!

  2. admin

    Thanks for sending in the correction. It’s 270 miles as stated on this page.

    http://www.hydrogencarsnow.com/honda-fcx-clarity.htm

    I had spaced on adding the miles to the blog post, so thanks for pointing that out and I’ve corrected the omission.

  3. I have also to correct a mistake of my own I was saying “If that’s the case it would mean that one can drive 167 Miles on $5 since 270 Km/Kg would equal to 167.77 Mi/Gal” but earlier I mentioned a quote saying that “the Clarity can drive 270 on just four kilograms of hydrogen.” So those $5 should read $20 🙂

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