Japanese automaker's hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity promises twice the efficiency of gas-electric hybrids.
Last Updated: June 16, 2008: 11:41 AM EDT
TAKANEZAWA, Japan (AP) — Honda's new zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell car rolled off a Japanese production line Monday and is headed to southern California, where Hollywood is already abuzz over the latest splash in green motoring.
The FCX Clarity, which runs on hydrogen and electricity, emits only water and none of the gases believed to induce global warming. It is also two times more energy efficient than a gas-electric hybrid and three times that of a standard gasoline-powered car, the company says.
Honda expects to lease out a "few dozen" units this year and about 200 units over three years. In California, a three-year lease will run $600 a month, which includes maintenance and collision coverage.
A big challenge to hydrogen-powered cars like Honda's FCX Clarity (shown) is the lack of hydrogen fuel stations.
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