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Honda Fcx Clarity Declared 2009 World Green Car

The Honda FCX Clarity is the Chosen One!

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Mike Sirach – CleanMPG – April 9, 2009

At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Mobil 1 at the Jacob Javits Centre in Manhattan, New York, the Honda FCX Clarity was declared the 2009 World Green Car.

The Honda FCX Clarity was chosen from an initial entry list of twenty-two (22) contenders nominated by fifty-nine (59) World Car jurors from twenty-five (25) countries throughout the world.

To be eligible for the 2009 World Green Car* award, a vehicle had to available in at least one major market during 2008.

The vehicle or the green technology could be in production or an experimental prototype with potential near-future application, provided that it was released for individual or press fleet evaluations in quantities of ten or more during 2008.

Tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and use of a major advanced power plant technology (beyond engine components), aimed specifically at increasing the vehicle's environmental responsibility, were all taken into consideration.

Due to the complexity of some of the 'green' technologies, three (3) green experts were appointed by the World Car Steering Committee to extensively review all documentation and specs associated with each candidate. They were asked to create a short-list of five finalists for review by the fifty-nine (59) jurors in their second round of voting in February. The ballots were then tabulated by the international accounting firm KPMG.

The three green experts were in alphabetical order:

Sam Abuelsamid (representing North America) is the technical editor of several 'green' web sites including GreenFuelsForecast.com, DieselForecast.com and HydrogenForecast.com. In 2006, he began writing for AutoblogGreen.com and Autoblog.com; becoming a full-time writer and photographer and editor in 2007.

Dean Slavnich (representing Europe) is editor of Engine Technology International (ETi) and its sister publication, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International (E&H), for the past four years. Engine Technology International is widely regarded as the most readable, passionate and informative publication currently produced on the subject of OE engine and powertrain design, development and manufacture.

Tadashi Tateuchi (representing Asia) is the creator and chairman of the Japan Electric Vehicle (EV) Club. He was awarded the Environment Minister's medal in 1998. A juror on the Japan Car of the Year panel, he contributes regularly to Car Graphic magazine and the Japan Automobile Federation's monthly magazine.

The fifty-nine (59) member jury chose the Honda FCX Clarity, the Mitsubishi iMiEV, and the ToyotaiQ as the top three finalists for the 2009 World Green Car award.

Jurors felt that “The FCX clarity is an utterly real, hydrogen-fuelled luxury sedan that provides the amenities people expect in a premium car with 430 km range, fuel consumption of about 3.3 litres/100 km (72 mpg US) equivalent and zero tailpipe emissions. While there is only so much the automotive industry can do when it comes to this technology – governments need to come onboard to help create a true refuelling infrastructure – Honda must be credited for taking a bold step in leasing FCX Clarity to customers in California for US$600 per month. There's still a long way to go before fuel-cell cars will become a commercial success, but hats off to Honda for continuing to advance this expensive technology during a time when every cent counts..”

"Honda is honored to receive this distinguished award. The FCX Clarity is a symbol of the progress we have made with fuel cell vehicles and our commitment to developing vehicles that meet the societal goals of climate stability, renewable energy supplies and zero-emissions transportation”, said Steve Center, Vice President, National Marketing Operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Now in their sixth year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the world’s most prestigious, credible and significant programs of its kind.

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Thats the thing with Hydrogen... I am tired of the needing a new infrastructure.
Electricity is everywhere.
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Re: Honda Fcx Clarity Declared 2009 World Green Car

It is no secret to many here that I would take this car in a heartbeat if only Honda made it available to me today.

Since it can operate at -30C without any issues and current hydrogen supply is not a big problem for me, the FCX would be a far superior solution to a plug-in full EV vehicle.
This car does not make sense for everyone yet given how limited the hydrogen supply is, but for some some of us it would be as close to ideal as it gets.


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I filled out a survey that Honda sent me the other day and said I would be interested if they decided to extend "the program" to other parts of the USA. I can't see a hydrogen refueling station located in a county with a population of about 26,000 though.
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Re: Honda Fcx Clarity Declared 2009 World Green Car

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I can't see a hydrogen refueling station located in a county with a population of about 26,000 though.
Or a county of 50,000 like the one I live in. And I wouldn't want to drive a 100 mile round trip to fuel up (the next county over has almost 700,000).
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Re: Honda Fcx Clarity Declared 2009 World Green Car

I applaud Honda's effort, but widespread hydrogen refueling stations are just unfeasible. Gas stations are barely scraping by enough to upgrade existing pumps. As it is now, gas stations with diesel are too few and far between for me to consider that an option as well.
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Re: Honda Fcx Clarity Declared 2009 World Green Car

Manuel, how is the hydrogen supply near you generated?
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I don't mean to crush the hopes of many who believe this is a good alternative to our fossil fuels. I agree that we need to find something else to help us store energy... But have you ever been outside on a very humid day? Not very fun.... Now imagine the smog layer from all the cars in a major city putting out water vapor and increasing the humidity all over the city. Besides, when it comes to global warming water vapor is much worse than carbon dioxide [The radiative forcing for water is around 75 W/m2 while carbon dioxide contributes 32 W/m2 (Kiehl 1997).] Trying to make hydrogen fuel cells the mainstream just doesn't seem feasible in my mind, especially if we are worried about global warming...
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Nothing is a permanent solution. Hopefully fuel cells can become economically feasible. Would the offset of gasoline/diesel combustion gases by water vapor be beneficial on a 1:1 scale?
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Hi Sean;

At the moment, the best and cheapest source of hydrogen in my area is the industrial manufacturing processes. Much of this hydrogen is produced as a by-product but is in many cases being discarded. Sure, the existing quantities could not sustain nowhere near an entire city of FCV's... but, it could sustain a small number of vehicles for the foreseeable future. Perhaps even a number of FCV's comparable to the number of hybrids we have in our cities today.

Second, Honda has offered a set hydrogen generating solutions for both short and long term and their energy generation partnerships of recent years along with a pretty solid IP portfolio means they are quite serious about its feasibility.
But still, would I be willing to supplement the current supply of industrial hydrogen with CNG sourced Hydrogen with a PHILL station? You bet I would. And in the process, I would gladly toss out my 92% efficient furnace in exchange for a home station like that. A win-win for me.

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