Honda Unveils Hydrogen Car

Emission-free FCX Clarity runs on hydrogen and water
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2008 9:42 AM CDT
Honda Motor Co. workers place a hydrogen tank on the new FCX Clarity during a press preview at its plant in Takanezawa, Tochigi state, Monday, June 16, 2008.    (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
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(Newser) – Honda has begun commercial production on the FCX Clarity, an emissions-free car that runs entirely on hydrogen and electricity, the BBC reports. Honda only plans to produce 200 models over the next 3 years, however, expecting the scarcity of hydrogen fueling stations to dampen demand. “In the next few years, we are not going to do without (gas) and diesel motors, but the future belongs to the electric car,” said an auto exec.

The first five cars are being delivered to Southern California, where hydrogen stations aren’t unheard of. Critics, however, point out that hydrogen is primarily produced from fossil fuels and is expensive. Honda says the car is three times as efficient as a gas-powered car, and emits only water vapor.