FCX Clarity wins World Green Car
Honda’s FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car has been announced as the World Green Car at the New York International Auto Show.
The FCX Clarity was chosen from an initial entry list of 22 contenders nominated by 59 World Car jurors from 25 countries throughout the world. This is the second time Honda has won the award with the Civic Hybrid receiving the same honour in 2006.
On receiving news of the award, Honda Motor Europe Senior Vice President, Ken Keir commented: “This accolade celebrates Honda’s long standing commitment to hydrogen fuel cell technology and alternative energy research. We are honoured to have received such a prestigious accolade for our ground breaking zero tailpipe emission vehicle. By building a dedicated hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and putting it into limited production, we are showing our commitment as the world’s largest engine manufacturer to tackling important issues like emissions and energy sustainability. The FCX is part of a wide ranging research project which is taking place in real world conditions with real customers.”
Jurors felt that: “The FCX Clarity is an utterly real, hydrogen-fuelled luxury sedan that provides the amenities people expect in a premium car with 430 km range, fuel consumption of about 3.3 litres/100 km equivalent and zero tailpipe emissions. While there is only so much the automotive industry can do when it comes to this technology – governments need to come onboard to help create a true refuelling infrastructure – Honda must be credited for taking a bold step in leasing FCX Clarity to customers in California for US$600 per month. There's still a long way to go before fuel-cell cars will become a commercial success, but hats off to Honda for continuing to advance this expensive technology during a time when every cent counts..”