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The Honda FCX Clarity, a state-of-the-art hydrogen-fueled fuel-cell vehicle, has just won the 2009 World Green Car award. Honda deserved to win, but the award should perhaps have come earlier -- the Clarity was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2007, and battery electric vehicles (EVs) are seen today to have more short-term commercial potential.
A three-judge international panel praised the Clarity as "an utterly real, hydrogen-fueled luxury sedan that provides the amenities people expect in a premium car with [more than 280 miles of] range, fuel consumption of about 72 mpg equivalent, and zero tailpipe emissions."
The cars are being leased to California customers for $600 a month. "A bold step," says the World Green Car award panel, which adds, "There's still a long way to go before fuel-cell cars will become a commercial success." Although the FCX is very impressive and showroom-ready, affordable fuel-cell cars are still tomorrow's technology.
The Clarity is currently on display at the New York International Auto Show in Manhattan, which opens to the public on Friday. Last October, The Daily Green drove it on an extended trip from Manhattan to Greenwich, Connecticut, and here are our impressions....
I am all for hybrid alternatives. Yet one can go greener without purchasing a new vehicle. Plan your errands to use the lest mileage possible. Pool with neighbors & friends for errands. Public transportation. Human power (walk, bike) Purchase a vehicle that meets your needs and is not just a status statement. Use a cab company that runs on bio-fuel
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