Some believe that Honda is finally realizing the “green reality” of the evolution of alternative energy powered vehicles. As part of its three year experiment with alternative energy sources, Honda has been testing hydrogen powered cars and the 2013 Honda FCX Clarity is its brainchild. This model is one of many of Honda’s zero emission alternative energy vehicles that use hydrogen power. It is powered by a Vertical Flow (V Flow) cell configuration. Its hydrogen power source is complemented by a lithium-ion battery pack that is charged at home and through passive kinetic energy from braking and decelerations. This design noticed by industry insiders for its innovation and forward thinking, shows Honda’s great commitment to the alternative energy sector in car design.
The exterior of this car is built to look appealing, provide privacy and provide ample storage for the driver and passengers. The front end with a very forward look has a six-sided grille. The only color this car is available in is Star Garnet Metallic. Many auto reviewers had their eyes caught by its looks and your car will certainly do the same. If you are looking for great storage, it has ample under-trunk storage space for a trip to the mall or across country. There are also many places to hide whatever you want from criminals or occupants of the car. In order to help the driver see better when backing up, Honda has installed refractive rear privacy glass. In order to help the car reach optimal fuel efficiency, the fenders, trunk, doors and hood are all made from aluminum.
The 2013 Honda FCX Clarity model spares no interior luxuries in Honda’s latest sport sedan model. In this year’s design, Honda’s engineers have focused on giving consumers the most space possible and an extremely modern look. Its door linings are very inviting, giving the driver and occupants the feeling of four discreet and comfortable spaces during the ride. All of the instrumentation, tastefully and artfully designed on the dashboard, gives the driver a constant pulse on the car’s functioning, even giving the car a next-generation feel. The interior has nature-inspired neutral tones to give drivers a natural feeling. Honda has moved the front pillars forward from where they normally would be on a car. This move maintains ample headroom for virtually everyone and it also gives an illusion of a bigger interior space.
Since this car uses hydrogen as a fuel source and an electric engine to power the car, the components under the hood are different from a conventional internal combustion engine. The powertrain for this car is a V Flow stack motor. There is a hydrogen fuel cell under the hood which feeds the motor and works hand-in-hand with the electric motor. The electric motor, with a corresponding battery pack, is able to harness the energy from the braking and deceleration processes the car goes through during regular driving. There is ample power with both the electric motor and the V Flow fuel cell stack with ratings of 134 horsepower, 189 lb-ft of torque at 3,056 RPM and 100 kW for the electric motor and 100 kW of power for the V Flow fuel cell.
There is nothing lacking for the Honda FCX Clarity when it comes to ensuring the driver’s and occupants’ safety. Whether it is the proprietary Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) installed by Honda in every vehicle, the reinforced unit-body structure or the 6 airbags that are also standard in this car, everyone in this car will have a much lower chance of sustaining injuries in an accident. You can also rely for your personal and family safety because this car because has been certified extremely safe by both the U. S. federal government and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Through their respective rigorous crash tests, they have proven if your car is involved in a crash, the car will take the majority of the force. For your own safety and that of others, Honda has added its own Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) to the FCX Clarity for the 2013 model year. This system enables the driver to potential crashes by visually, aurally and increasing the pressure of a seat belt against the driver. If a crash cannot be avoided, the system automatically and gradually tightens up seat belts against occupants. This slows down the car and reduces the impact of the subsequent vehicle accident.
While many people are unsure of its combination hydrogen and battery pack powered electric engine, it surprisingly delivers performance, sometimes better, than is offered by a gasoline powered engine. Since this type of car and its transmission is gearless, the torque and power delivered by its engine are as seamless as ever. In fact, acceleration is much more enjoyable than a traditional internal combustion engine because there is less work for the engine to perform more efficiently. There is zero vibration that is a by-product of reciprocating pistons. Comparing it to a combustion engine, it has the same ignition and acceleration as that of a 2.4-liter gasoline engine of a similar size. The hydrogen engine’s design is much more efficient on a gallon per gallon fuel comparison because it has a 60% energy efficiency rating. Couple the engine’s design with the vehicle’s lowered weight and better aerodynamic design, increases fuel efficiency by as much as 20%. Its hydrogen tank has also been enlarged by almost one-third over past year’s models.
The Honda FCX Clarity is an affordable and relatively cheap car to maintain. Prices start of in the low $20,000s for the base model and the sky is the limit for the different trim levels and how many options are added to the final configured vehicle. If you choose to lease it, the maintenance, insurance and lease cost about $600 per month. Both of these figures are calculated based on a wide variety of samples and the cost you end up paying for your individual costs will certainly vary.