The H2 and Fuel_Cel road tour takes off. [xfloat=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2008_Honda_FCX_Clarity.jpg[/xfloat]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 12, 2008 Honda's FCX Clarity -- 74 mpgUS (gasoline equivalent). Americans will have a unique opportunity to see what the future may hold with the launch of an historic two-week, cross country trek of a fleet of clean, efficient hydrogen vehicles. “Five years ago, President Bush challenged America’s innovators to develop new hydrogen technologies to help reduce our nation’s dependence on oil, and today we have a fleet of hydrogen vehicles making their way across the country,” said U.S. Deputy Secretary Thomas Barrett. “These hydrogen vehicles are the non-polluting cars of tomorrow and they are being demonstrated today on our nation’s roads.” Nine auto manufacturers, the US Department of Energy, California Fuel Cell Partnership, National Hydrogen Association, and US DOT are sponsoring the Hydrogen Road Tour to show that hydrogen vehicle and fueling technologies are approaching commercial availability, even as new research and development breakthroughs continue. “Hydrogen is part of a balanced and diverse energy portfolio that will help address our future energy, environmental and economic security needs,” U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary Clarence "Bud" Albright, Jr. said. “This tour provides Americans an opportunity to see what the future could hold for hydrogen powered vehicles, as we work to help make these vehicles cost competitive and available for all.” Anchoring the tour is the recently US released Honda FCX Clarity, a 74 mpg rated, Li-Ion battery equipped fuel cel vehicle (FCV). With just 4.1 kg of H2 onboard at 5,000 psi, it can travel upwards of 280 miles without refueling. The tour will make 31 stops in 18 states, stretching from Maine to California. Air Products and Chemicals and Linde are providing mobile refueling stations and the hydrogen fuel.