New Honda emits only water from exhaustHonda FCX Clarity cars ready to roll

17 June 2008

A hydrogen fuel cell car that emits only water from its exhaust pipe has started coming off a production line.

The first three Honda FCX Clarity cars were presented to American customers in Japan and about 70 a year will be produced.

Those using the car - likely to include actress Jamie Lee Curtis - will be involved in a three-year lease plan paying around £300 a month, including insurance.

At the heart of the FCX Clarity is a fuel cell stack - a device that uses an electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to convert chemical energy into electrical energy to power a motor that drives the car's wheels.

Emissions

Honda's FC stack simultaneously generates electricity and water, emitting no carbon dioxide or other harmful emissions.

'The arrival of the first hydrogen fuel cell car is particularly significant during this time of rapidly increasing oil prices,' said John Kingston, environment manager for Honda (UK).

'Honda is proud to offer an alternative energy solution that could reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and the effect of motoring on climate change.'

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