Honda’s Hydrogen Car to Hit American Streets

John Davis

What debuted as a concept vehicle just three years ago will soon be driving on American roads, running on hydrogen and producing nothing but water for exhaust.

This story on CNN says Japanese carmaker Honda announced today the first five people who will receive the new hydrogen-powered vehicle:

The FCX Clarity, which runs on hydrogen and electricity, emits only water and none of the gases believed to induce global warming. It is also two times more energy efficient than a gas-electric hybrid and three times that of a standard gasoline-powered car, the company says.

Honda expects to lease out a “few dozen” units this year and about 200 units over three years. In California, a three-year lease will run $600 a month, which includes maintenance and collision coverage.

Among the first customers are actress Jamie Lee Curtis and filmmaker husband Christopher Guest, actress Laura Harris, film producer Ron Yerxa, as well as businessmen Jon Spallino and Jim Salomon.

While these few celebrities will be the first to receive the FCX Clarity, Honda has plans to distribute more in the U.S., especially after the hydrogen fuel station infrastructure increases.

Car Makers, Hydrogen