Honda new Hydrogen FCX cars

Honda presented new Hydrogen car in DETROIT on January 13. The car is called FCX Clarity, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

The FCX-Clarity is a new-generation, no-emissions, fuel cell hydrogen powered car based on the novel Honda V Flow fuel cell platform, and powered by the highly compact, efficient and powerful Honda V Flow fuel cell stack.

That car featuring marvelous upgrading to driving power, range, mass and competence - boasting a low-slung, dynamic and very sophisticated appearance, Those traits were previously unattainable in a fuel cell vehicle.

the FCX Clarity marks the important progress Honda is making in advancing the real-world performance and appeal of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell car.

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From Honda site:
“American Honda current plan is to lease the FCX Clarity to a limited number of retail consumers in Southern California with the first deliveries taking place in summer 2008. Full details of the lease program will be set closer to launch, but current plans call for a three-year lease term with a price of $600 per month.”

How it works?:

“The FCX Clarity utilizes Honda's V Flow stack in combination with a new compact and efficient lithium ion battery pack and a single hydrogen storage tank to power the vehicle's electric drive motor. The fuel cell stack operates as the vehicle's main power source. Hydrogen combines with atmospheric oxygen in the fuel cell stack, where chemical energy from the reaction is converted into electric power used to propel the vehicle. Additional energy captured through regenerative braking and deceleration is stored in the lithium ion battery pack, and used to supplement power from the fuel cell, when needed. The vehicle's only emission is water. The FCX Clarity's revolutionary new V Flow platform packages the ultra-compact, lightweight and powerful Honda V Flow fuel cell stack (65 percent smaller than the previous Honda FC stack) in the vehicle's center tunnel, between the two front seats. Taking advantage of a completely new cell configuration, the vertically-oriented stack achieves an output of 100 kilowatts (kW) (versus 86kW in the current Honda FC stack) with a 50 percent increase in output density by volume (67 percent by mass). Its compact size allows for a more spacious interior and more efficient packaging of other powertrain components, which would otherwise be unattainable in a sleek, low-slung sedan. Honda introduced the FCX Clarity at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.”

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