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    Honda FCX Rolls Off Assembly Line Source - NGV Global Monday, 16 June 2008 Japan, Tokyo

    Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it has begun production of the new FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle, with the first vehicle (U.S. specification) coming off the line. Lease sales are scheduled to begin in July in the U.S. and this fall in Japan. The combined sales plan for Japan and the U.S. calls for a few dozen units within a year and about 200 units within three years. Additionally, the FCX Clarity will be exhibited at the Environmental Showcase in the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit to begin July 7, as one of a group of advanced environmental technologies.

    Unique Assembly Line
    The FCX Clarity is produced at the Honda Automobile New Model Center (Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi Prefecture). A new dedicated fuel cell vehicle assembly line was established, which includes processes unique to a fuel cell vehicle such as the installation of the fuel cell stack and hydrogen tank. The fuel cell stack itself is produced at Honda Engineering Co., Ltd. (Haga-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi Prefecture). In manufacturing fuel cells, exclusively designed automated equipment was introduced to ensure quality of the highest precision while enabling mass production of cells, with several hundred cells required for each fuel cell stack. Through these initiatives, Honda is making steady progress in the area of fuel cell vehicle production, in addition to fuel cell and fuel cell vehicle technologies, thereby moving closer to realizing its goal to achieve more widespread use of fuel cell vehicles.

    EPA Certified

    Honda is responsible for the development of the world’s first fuel cell car (Honda FCX) to be certified for regular commercial use by the U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board. The FCX Clarity is powered by the compact, efficient and powerful Honda V Flow fuel cell stack. Significant advances over Honda’s previous generation FCX include:
    • an advanced new four passenger sedan design
    • a greater than 30 percent increase in driving range up to 280 miles1
    • a 25 percent increase in combined fuel economy to 72 miles/kg-H21 (74 mpg GGE <miles per gallon gasoline gallon equivalent energy>)
    • a 50 percent improvement in fuel stack power output density by volume
    • a 40 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter new lithium ion battery pack
    First-ever Fuel Cell Vehicle Dealership Network
    American Honda announced that three Southern California dealerships will comprise the world’s first fuel cell automobile dealership network. Each are located in close proximity to hydrogen refueling stations. American Honda will perform all required service and support at its specialized fuel cell service facility in the greater Los Angeles area.

    First 5 recipients named.
    1) Film Producer Ron Yerxa
    2) Actress Jaime Lee Curtis
    3) Business owner and car enthusiast Jim Salomon
    4) Actress Laura Harris (Previous FCX driver)
    5) Jon Spillano, the worlds first private recipient of an FCX
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    Nice.. the list looks just like the original EV1 leasees list... can't wait for it to end with the same fate.
    1997 Factory Crown Victoria w/ extended tanks ~~ Clunkerized!
    2000 Bi-Fuel Expedition --> ~~ Sold ~~ <--

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      True, the initial group of Clarity cars is going to some "A listers". It takes publicity to get the ball rolling and to get the "hydrogen highway" back on track. The Clarity is an electric car powered by a fuel cell instead of a battery. There is also room for electric cars with batteries as well. Different needs for different applications. Unlike the hydrogen ICE BMW, Honda will release some of their cars to a group of average drivers. Make no mistake, hydrocarbon fuels are finite and over time (unless a new power source is discovered) the clear winner will be hydrogen made from the electrolysis of water. Sure, you can make methane from garbage, but never in the quantities we will be demanding. I am not speaking of this hydrogen economy in my lifetime, but we need a head start and we need it now. Meanwhile I'll stick with my GX while I wait for the Clarity.
      Last edited by scott; 06-20-2008, 05:36 PM. Reason: complete a sentence

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      • #4
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        We need some A list types to be seen driving a GX !
        Or maybe a CNG Impala!!!
        Publicity helps.
        Dave Clement

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        • #5
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          yes, that Impala is most impressive. I saw it at the Palmdale show.

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          • #6
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            I got to drive it out of the building, maybe next time I can get it out on the road! It was really quiet, I could barely hear the engine.
            BLUE 09 GX

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              Re: FCX Clarity goes into production.

              Originally posted by scott View Post
              True, the initial group of Clarity cars is going to some "A listers". It takes publicity to get the ball rolling and to get the "hydrogen highway" back on track. The Clarity is an electric car powered by a fuel cell instead of a battery. There is also room for electric cars with batteries as well. Different needs for different applications. Unlike the hydrogen ICE BMW, Honda will release some of their cars to a group of average drivers. Make no mistake, hydrocarbon fuels are finite and over time (unless a new power source is discovered) the clear winner will be hydrogen made from the electrolysis of water. Sure, you can make methane from garbage, but never in the quantities we will be demanding. I am not speaking of this hydrogen economy in my lifetime, but we need a head start and we need it now. Meanwhile I'll stick with my GX while I wait for the Clarity.

              Economics is what drives the US market, and hydrogen weill never beat cng for economics, the well-to-wheel efficiency is flawed, ESPECIALLY when using electrolysis. If the h2 was made from methane, it would be cheaper, but still that makes less sense than just using the CNG in a hybrid.
              1997 Factory Crown Victoria w/ extended tanks ~~ Clunkerized!
              2000 Bi-Fuel Expedition --> ~~ Sold ~~ <--

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