The real gas guzzler: Car that turns hydrogen into electricity hits the road Answered
Car that turns hydrogen into electricity hits the road
Introducing the family car that runs on hydrogen and pumps out only pure water from its exhaust pipe.
Honda's FCX Clarity is the world's first production hydrogen-powered 'fuel cell' car - with its own onboard power station which creates electricity to drive its motor.
It has a range of 280 miles and a top speed of 100mph, yet emits no harmful pollution. And it is about to become the latest 'must-have' accessory for the Hollywood set wanting to show off their green credentials.
Just the thing at a time when oil prices are rocketing to record highs. The only drawback? Finding somewhere to fill it up.
The FCX is the result of nearly 20 years of research and many prototypes by the Japanese firm.
It is being launched first in California where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has spearheaded the creation of a chain of hydrogen filling stations - as part of his environmental drive for cleaner cars.
The first five customers include movie actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Honda claims the FCX offers three times better fuel efficiency than a traditional, petrol-powered car.
The highly explosive lighter-than-air gas - which once kept the ill-fated Hindenburg airship in the air before its fiery end in the 1930s - is kept safely in a pressurised tank in the boot.
Honda plans initially to produce about 70 of the eco-cars a year. They are initially available only to lease for around Â£300 a month including insurance - equivalent to a purchase price of Â£24,000.
But Honda admits that the billions it has spent on research means that the true cost would be more like Â£1million per car.
British motorists will have their first glimpse next month at the British International Motor Show in London's Docklands.
Although there are price issues, its great to see there's development of this idea. I hope this sort of car is available for the "common man" at a "common price" soon.......