The first FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle that's ready for the road emerged from the production facility on June 16, 2008, and was appropriately marked with a gala celebration.
As part of the ceremony, the first lucky Southern California customers to slip behind the wheel of this sophisticated clean machine were announced. A few of the hand-picked drivers attended the ceremony, including film producer Ron Yerxa (Little Miss Sunshine) who will take first delivery in July, actress Laura Harris, and the original FCX driver, Jon Spallino. The Spallino family leased the first FCX in 2005.
Other FCX Clarity early adopters include author and actress Jamie Lee Curtis, her filmmaker husband Christopher Guest, and business owner and car enthusiast Jim Salomon.
Honda plans to lease several dozen FCX Clarity models per year, totaling close to 200 units in the first three years. Since its Tokyo concept debut, Honda has received requests from nearly 40,000 individuals who have indicated their interest in receiving further updates about the vehicle and about being considered as future customers of Honda fuel cell technology.
I absolutely hate the Prius shape to it. It is a 100% clean vehicle, so who cares how much mileage you lose due to a better looking design. Link
Looks like Honda borrowed the Prius dies from Toyota. UCK!
I'm going to take the space here to post something that probably should rightfully be in a separate post, but here goes anyway...
The Prius has become so prevalent on the road that my wife equates the Prius with hybrid and electric cars. She thinks that they all look like that and that they will all always have that shape. AND SHE HATES IT! She wants style. When I told her we were getting a Volt when they became available her first reaction was, "I won't drive one of those ugly things". When I pressed her what she meant, she said, "I see those hybrids on the road all the time and they are just so ugly". We were driving at the time, so I said, "Why do you say that?" She pointed at a Prius and said, "There! That's one of them. I hate those. They are just so ugly".
Well folks, she was partly right, the Prius is butt ugly. When I explained to her that the Toyota Prius was just one of several different hybrids on the road she didn't know that. She had no idea that some of the others like the Civic or the Escape, were hybrids and looked just like "real cars", as she put it.
Anyway, Toyota has done a great branding job with Prius. They made it stand out, and they managed to capture an entire sub-group of car buyers who actually want an ugly car. (They used to buy VW Beatles didn't they?) But in the process they have convinced a lot of totally uninformed people that electric cars have to be different looking and they have to be ugly. GM will have some marketing work to do to overcome this bias. I'm assuming of course that Chevy makes the Volt look good. If they make another ugly Prius knock-off. Well, let's hope that there are still more ex-VW buyers out there who haven't bought a Toyota yet.
What is wrong with me today? I agree on a major point that Jason brought up. I also believe that once we hit stride with clean, renewable and sustainable use of our resources we should push it to the max. The more we use the more it pushes us to get more. First we harness the power of the Earth. Then we move out and use more of the power from the sun and so on and so on. This is how we as a civilization evolve.
We are a far from that point in our evolution. We now must conserve the best we can and wean ourselves from non-renewables. Thatís why I think the Prius is a very sharp car. Maybe I just see the efficiency or that itís the start of something great. I like it. The new Honda hydrogen car is beautiful! What are you all thinking? Anyway, even if itís still just a science project and by the time they produce number 201 in three years there will be a quick-charge battery that makes the hydrogen car obsolete we should all cheer.
Let all celebrate the first production hydrogen car. I hope this will get us all moving quickly down the technology curve. When is the first American hydrogen car coming out? I have no idea. Regardless, this is good technology development! Thus, the BEV will win but hydrogen technology will probably be quite useful.