PHOTO CAPTION: Actress, author Jamie Lee Curtis with leased Honda FCX Clarity.

Honda's Clarity: Motoring About LA On Hydrogen

Consumer Reports 'borrows' fuel cell-powered FCX Clarity for spin around Greater LA Basin.

Published: 28-Jan-2009

I want to be Jamie Lee Curtis. But it’s not what you think.

Sure, she’s tall, attractive, and well-to-do. She’s a lot more talented on film than I am. And she lives in sunny Southern California. But what I want is her Honda FCX Clarity.

Curtis took delivery of the second FCX Clarity fuel-cell car. Honda’s only building 200 of them over three years. To qualify for the three-year lease, you need to live in Southern California near hydrogen refueling facilities and coincidentally, Honda’s engineering center. The lease rate? $600 a month. It’s pretty safe to say that Honda isn’t breaking even on this deal; if you build only 200 of any car over three years, the cost per unit is astronomical.


Powered by a 100 kW electric engine and fuel cell stack, the i-Blue is capable of running more than 370 miles per refueling and achieves a maximum speed of more than 100 miles per hour.

Based on the full-size 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD pickup truck, the vehicle underwent extensive internal modifications to meet the technical demands and requirements needed to run on a compressed hydrogen fuel system.

In the Quadrivium Fuel Cells system, the various components are distributed around the car, with four fuel cells positioned near to the wheels.


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