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Honda FCX Clarity Pierre SD

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.

Honda Vern Eide Motorcars Inc Honda
(605) 275-6000
1221 S Minnesota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
 
Lamb Auto Sales
(605) 224-2796
1021 E Wells Ave
Pierre, SD
 
Rapid Chevrolet
(605) 343-1285
Rapid City, SD
 
Bcb Trucks Inc
(605) 983-4646
Highway 14 & 81 S
Arlington, SD
 
Hummer of Sioux Falls
(605) 336-5060
4410 W 12th St
Sioux Falls, SD
 
Beck Motor Company
(605) 224-8535
Pierre, SD
 
Rushmore Honda
(605) 348-4468
123 Omaha St
Rapid City, SD
 
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(605) 886-0473
Watertown, SD
 
Sheehan Mack Sales & Equipment Inc
(605) 336-2000
901 E 60th St N
Sioux Falls, SD
 
Harry K Ford-Lincoln-Mercury
(605) 842-2505
W Highway 18
Winner, SD
 

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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