Honda FCX Clarity

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Honda FCX Clarity
FCX Clarity.jpg
ManufacturerHonda
Also calledHonda FCX
Production2008–present
Classmid-size
Body style(s)4-door sedan
LayoutFF layout
Engine(s)electric motor
Wheelbase110.2 in (2799 mm)
Length190.3 in (4834 mm)
Width72.7 in (1847 mm)
Height57.8 in (1468 mm)
Curb weight3,528 lb (1,600 kg)
Electric range280 miles (450 km)
RelatedHonda Accord
ManualsService Manual

The Honda FCX Clarity is a hydrogen fuel cell automobile manufactured by Honda. The design is based on the 2006 Honda FCX Concept.

Limited marketing of a fuel cell vehicle based on the concept model began in 19 June, 2008 in United States and it was introduced in Japan in November 2008.[1] Honda believes it could start mass producing vehicles based on the FCX concept by the year 2018.[2]

Specifications

The vehicle is powered by a 57-litre, 100kW Honda Vertical Flow (V Flow) hydrogen fuel cell stack. Electricity is stored in a 288V lithium ion battery.

The electric motor is based on the motor in the EV Plus, rated at Template:Convert/hp and 189 lb·ft (256 N·m) torque @0-3056 rpm. The range on a full hydrogen tank (4.1 kg @ 5000psi) is 280 miles (~450 km), with fuel efficiency of 77/67/72 miles per kilogram of hydrogen in city/highway/combined driving.

Production

The FCX Clarity is currently produced in Japan, at the Honda Automobile New Model Center (Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi Prefecture). The fuel cell stack itself is produced at Honda Engineering Co., Ltd. (Haga-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi Prefecture). Honda planned to produce 200 vehicles within 3 years.

Tax credits

On 25 July, 2007 the United States Internal Revenue Service announced that the Honda’s FCX had met the requirements of the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit as a qualified fuel cell motor vehicle. Purchasers of the 2005 and 2006 Honda FCX are eligible for a $12,000 Section 30B(b) credit, but consumers are not currently allowed to purchase the vehicle, as it is still available only for leasing, however only in Southern California.

The leasing program began in July 2007 at a price of $600.00 USD per month for 3 years. [1] Honda announced Power Honda Costa Mesa, Honda of Santa Monica and Scott Robinson Honda as the initial dealers, which were chosen for their close proximity to hydrogen refueling stations.

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