Imagine creating a car with no engine. A car that offers excellent fuel economy but no CO2 emissions. In fact, the only emission is pure water. How would you turn this idea into reality? Honda Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCX Clarity) able to make it
Pursuing a unique identity, Soichiro Honda said, is the thing that justifies Honda’s existence. Under that vision, the FCX Clarity, a sleekly-styled hydrogen fuel cell-powered sedan, was created and has become a shining example of Honda’s uniqueness. Its name is derived from our advancement in fuel cell technology, and suggests our innovative solutions towards a low-carbon future.
The dynamic cockpit is designed to inspire the excitement of driving with an advanced user interface.
A distinctive feature of fuel cell electric vehicles is that it generates electricity from hydrogen and oxygen through reverse water electrolysis.That makes the FCX Clarity one of the cleanest cars on earth, emitting no CO2 or other harmful emissions, its only emission is water.
The compact, optimally positioned systems are aimed at creating design flexibility and an exceptionally spacious cabin.
Naturally, a fuel cell vehicle has no engine. So any conceivable knowledge of designing a conventional car will likely be abandoned. This gave the Honda engineers complete freedom to create a revolutionary design structure to reflect their scientific breakthrough in fuel cell vehicles.
A futuristic fuel cell multi-functional display takes centre stage to show hydrogen consumption, battery levels and other key information.
They worked around the core technology, the innovative Vertical Flow (V Flow) FC Stack, and enabled it to power the vehicle from inside the centre tunnel. The fuel cell stack is very lightweight, which inspired the Honda engineers to make the drive motor, gearbox, lithium-ion battery and hydrogen tank as compact as possible to maximize cabin space. This optimized positioning is the key to the elegant, futuristic exterior featuring a stylish short-nose and a long wheelbase with low centre of gravity.
The V Flow FC Stack is the vehicle’s main power source, generating a stable flow of energy through hydrogen-oxygen reaction.
From the beginning, Honda has created cars that are fun to drive with superior safety performance, and the FCX Clarity continues to evolve in the same tradition. Beneath its bold packaging and highly efficient layout, an entirely new dimension of driving welcomes you in its quiet, vibrationfree cabin.
An advanced home hydrogen refuelling system is being experimented to provide convenient refuelling solutions.
Do not be deceived by its quiet ride, though. The advancement of the vertical flow fuel cell stack enables a maximum output of 100kW, courtesy of an efficient supply of hydrogen and air flow that powers its front-wheel drive. You will feel a burst of torquey acceleration the instant you hit the pedal, with gear changes uninterrupted as you push towards top speed. It is remarkable that with all its driving power, it could still achieve significantly better fuel economy than its petrol equivalent or a petrol-electric hybrid.
Honda’s solar-powered hydrogen station uses solar energy to electrolyze water and produce hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles.
The zero-emissions FCX Clarity is also equipped with state-of-the-art navigation system to locate hydrogen stations, and advanced safety features like the Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), becoming the ultimate expression of Honda’s technological and environmental leadership.
Lease sales for the FCX Clarity begun in the United States and Japan since 2008, which marks the world’s first large-scale retail initiative for fuel cell vehicle technology. As a car of the future, the FCX Clarity will pave the way for Honda’s continuous development in fuel cell technology.