If you were wondering if people who drive alternative fuel cars are a little odd, this may confirm it. Dan Sze, a city council member in Falls Church, Virginia, was caught going three time the legal speed limit. The officer recognized Sze’s Honda FCX Clarity, and because the cop had a green mind (or recognized his council member,) he was going to let the hydrogen car go without a warning. But Sze insisted that he get issued the warning. "People are not about to take a hydrogen car seriously until it gets treated like a real car," said Sze.
If that’s the case I wish people would treat my car less seriously.
Q: How do you get more people to pay attention to your alternative fuel car? A: Star power.
BMW sold the first hydrogen powered 7-Series to Will Ferrell, General Motors got a photo with any person of note willing to suffer time in the little EV1, and now the second delivery Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen powered car went to Jamie Lee Curtis.
Honda can be proud of the car without star power. The FCX Clarity uses hydrogen to generate power to the electric motor. The only byproducts are heat and water. It goes about 280 miles on one tank and gets the equivalent of 74 miles per gallon.
But if Honda feels that it needs celebrities to get people to take notice of the car, then remember to make sure they sell the car for you. "I really wasn’t expecting it to be so luxurious," said Curtis. "It’s luxurious, luxurious, luxurious! I love the interior layout, design and access to controls. It is user-friendly and very modern." Sell it Jamie, sell it.
Honda announced five of the first customers for its advanced new FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle and also provided details of the world’s first fuel cell vehicle dealership network in the United States. The announcements were made during a ceremony for the start of FCX Clarity production at the world’s first dedicated fuel cell vehicle manufacturing facility in Japan.
Film producer Ron Yerxa will take delivery of the first FCX Clarity in July. The remaining four early adopters for Honda’s next-generation fuel cell vehicle are author and actress Jamie Lee Curtis and her filmmaker husband Christopher Guest; business owner and car enthusiast Jim Salomon; actress Laura Harris; and Jon Spallino, already the world’s first retail fuel cell vehicle customer, who has been leasing the current generation FCX since 2005. Yerxa, Harris and Spallino attended the event in Japan.
Honda today unveiled the FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show, announcing plans to begin limited retail marketing of the vehicle in summer 2008. The FCX Clarity is a next-generation, zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle based on the entirely-new Honda V Flow fuel cell platform, and powered by the highly compact, efficient and powerful Honda V Flow fuel cell stack. Featuring tremendous improvements to driving range, power, weight and efficiency - and boasting a low-slung, dynamic and sophisticated appearance, previously unachievable in a fuel cell vehicle - the FCX Clarity marks the significant progress Honda continues to make in advancing the real-world performance and appeal of the hydrogen-powered fuel cell car.