Starting this summer, $600 / month will buy you one of the first fuel cell vehicles in the world. Of course, they aren't selling very many of them, and if you don't live in Torrance, Irvine, or Santa Monica, California, they aren't selling them at all. While GM is basically giving away it's fuel cell Chevy Equnox's, Honda is the first ever major car company to lease them.
Of course, Honda won't be making any money off the cars, but they did come in first in this particular race. But this is only one battle in the long-standing fuel cell war between GM and Honda.
The FCX Clarity is a gorgeous car. I honestly wish they just made a hybrid version with the same body. But, instead, (and unlike the Equinox) it's a fuel-cell only model. This worked well, of course, for Toyota with their hybrid only model. But the landscape with fuel cell vehicles is quite different, especially since there is no hydrogen fueling (or production) infrastructure in place.
The 600 / m leases expire in three years and include maintenance. The Clarity can travel 270 miles on a tank of hydrogen. Roughly equal to that of a gasoline powered car. Unfortunately, owners will be limited to a fairly small area of driving, since they'll need to be sure to get back to one of the few local fueling stations every 270 miles.
written by Miguel, June 02, 2008
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