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Honda FCX Clarity Olympia WA

The all-electric Tesla Roadster has a 53-kWh lithium-ion battery and a range of 220 miles. So the Tesla's per-mile costs in electricity are roughly one-quarter what they are in the FCX Clarity.

Capitol City Honda
(360) 754-3399
2370 Carriage Loop Sw
Olympia, WA
 
Aberdeen Honda
(360) 532-5833
1720 Simpson Ave
Aberdeen, WA
 
Wilder Auto Center-Honda-Volkswagen-Nissan-Jeep
(360) 452-9268
97 Deer Park Rd
Port Angeles, WA
 
Discovery Honda
(509) 765-3467
1000 S Pioneer Way
Moses Lake, WA
 
Honda Of Kirkland
(425) 827-9300
12420 Ne 85th St
Kirkland, WA
 
Hinshaws Honda
(253) 833-7900
4301 20th St E
Fife, WA
 
Northwest Honda
(360) 676-2277
2010 Iowa St
Bellingham, WA
 
Hinshaw'S Honda
(253) 833-7900
2605 Auburn Way N
Auburn, WA
 
Renton Honda
(425) 271-3131
200 Sw Grady Way
Renton, WA
 
Honda World
(253) 476-2888
3636 S 66th St
Tacoma, WA
 

Honda FCX Clarity

Honda FCX Clarity: Beauty for Beauty's Sake By Dan Neil

I've driven lots of cars. I've wallowed like a Russian oligarch pig in the gorgeous mud of a $1.6-million Bugatti Veyron. I've spit tailpipe fire across the midnight Mojave at the wheel of a Lamborghini. I've brushed gape-mouthed peasants aside with the chrome cowcatcher grille of a Rolls Royce Phantom.


Yet I have never driven a car half as advanced, as futuristic, as blind-with-science as the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.
 
Nor one so expensive. More on that in a moment.

But first, let's get this out of the way: Hydrogen fuel-cell technology won't work in cars. It's a tragic cul-de-sac in the search for sustainable mobility, being used to game the California Air Resources Board's rules requiring carmakers to build zero-emission vehicles. Any way you look at it, hydrogen is a lousy way to move cars.
 
Face it: Fuel-cell technology has been eclipsed by vastly cheaper, here-now advances in batteries and plug-in electric vehicles. To knit together even the barest network of H2 refueling stations would cost billions. And, in any case, the fuel itself, whether produced by cracking natural gas or hydrolyzing water (consult your freshman chemistry texts), represents a horrible energy return on investment.
 
Some illustrative math: It takes about 60 kilowatt-hours of electricity to gin a kilogram of hydrogen from water. The FCX Clarity's tank holds about 4 kilograms of H2 and that gives it a range of about 270 miles on 240 kWhs.
 
The all-electric Tesla Roadster has a 53-kWh lithium-ion battery and a range of 220 miles. So the Tesla's per-mile costs in electricity are roughly one-quarter what they are in the FCX Clarity.
 
Should hydrogen partisans care to debate these questions -- and go down like Zeros over the Mariana Islands -- I'll meet you on the field on honor. Calculators at dawn.
 
If any other company but Honda trotted this thing out, I'd barf with skepticism. But Honda is dead earnest about hydrogen, and it is only its relentless, year-after-year improvement in this technology, and the extraordinary treasure Honda throws at it, that makes me think that the company knows something I don't -- well, that and the army of PhDs at its command. Read more at LATimes.com

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