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FCX Clarity, the world’s first production fuel cell car

24 August 2011

FCX Clarity, the world’s first production fuel cell car

The FCX Clarity, Honda’s state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell car which emits zero harmful emissions will be making its UK public debut at the low carbon motor festival which takes place at Battersea Power Station between 8-11 September. As well as being displayed on the Honda stand, the car will be running in the Parade which takes place three times each day.

Honda’s trio of environmentally-friendly hybrid cars – the Insight, CR-Z and Jazz Hybrid – will also be at EcoVelocity. Visitors will get the chance to drive them around a specially-constructed track in the shadow of the capital city’s famous landmark and learn all about the benefits of the technology under the skin. The drives are offered on a ‘just turn up’ basis with no need to pre-book a slot.

Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda (UK), said: “We’re delighted to be supporting EcoVelocity because it gives people the opportunity to experience our cars and see how well they compare to other hybrids on the market. With the Honda CR-Z, Insight and Jazz Hybrid, we have a fantastic range of vehicles to suit every need.”

FCX Clarity: Quite simply, the world’s first production fuel cell car. It’s not a concept or experimental prototype, but a fully-certified vehicle built on a factory line like any other model. The clever bit is that driving it, using all of its 270-mile range and even filling it up with hydrogen is just as easy as owning any other Honda. It is an electric car that generates its electricity on board using compressed hydrogen as an energy carrier and emits only water vapour from its tailpipe. 

Insight: Refreshed for 2011, the Insight is a five-door family car that’s high on practicality as well as environmental considerations. Powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine and supported by Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid technology, it returns combined fuel economy of 64.2mpg with CO2 emissions of just 101g/km. Every Insight features Eco-Assist, Honda’s innovative driver-coaching system that encourages more frugal use of fuel.

CR-Z: The world’s first sporty hybrid features a stunning exterior design that’s like nothing else on the road today. Under the bonnet is a 1.5-litre petrol engine, but Honda’s IMA hybrid technology and a six-speed manual gearbox mean a performance-oriented and fun driving experience is guaranteed. Yet the CR-Z still delivers figures of 56.5mpg and just 117g/km.

Jazz Hybrid: Honda’s newest hybrid car brings the advantages of the petrol/electric powertrain to supermini owners for the first time. Everything that’s loved about the regular Jazz is still present; including the ultra-versatile Magic Seats, but it emits only 104g/km of CO2 and fuel economy is an astonishing 64.2mpg – a 23 per cent improvement of the best-selling version of the Jazz.


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