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The UK's first open access hydrogen vehicle refuelling station has been officially opened at Honda's manufacturing facility in Swindon. Built and operated by industrial gases company BOC, a member of The Linde Group, the venture is the result of a partnership between Honda, BOC and economic development company Forward Swindon.

Based on the grounds of Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon, the station aims to encourage the development of both hydrogen-powered vehicles - such as the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell car - and the refuelling infrastructure to support them.

It also creates a strategic link half way along the M4 between London and Swansea. As a fully operational, commercial-scale station using tested technology, it is a solution that can be replicated across the country and so create the essential network necessary for the widespread uptake of hydrogen-powered transport.

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Honda's FCX Clarity Makes a Star Appearance

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Honda's hydrogen powered car, the FCX Clarity made a star appearance in Scotland this week (September 14th-18th) at the World Hydrogen Technologies Conference in Glasgow, at the SECC where more than 150 experts from around the world discussed the future of clean energy with hydrogen power playing a key role.

Honda's FCX Clarity is the ultimate solution to pollution free driving. It is fundamentally an electric car with hydrogen creating the electric onboard through a 'fuel cell stack'. The stack creates electricity from a reaction between hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen. This reaction has only one emission, pure water which comes out of the tailpipe in the form of vapour.

Refuelled from empty to full in less than four minutes, the FCX Clarity drives and handles just like a petrol car and has a range of 288 miles. Top speed is more than 100 mph and with ample space for adults plus luggage.

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Honda unveiled the all-new Fit (Jazz) EV Concept electric vehicle and the platform for a mid-size plug-in hybrid vehicle. Both vehicles are integral to the Honda Electric Mobility Network, the company's comprehensive approach to reducing CO2 emissions through innovative products, energy management and energy production technologies.

The Fit EV Concept hints strongly at the direction and styling for Honda's upcoming production Fit EV all-electric vehicle, which will be introduced to the US and Japan in 2012. The all-new plug-in hybrid platform showcases Honda's next-generation, two-motor hybrid technology set to debut in 2012.

Takanobu Ito, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO, said:

Honda's long history with electromotive technologies has enabled us to understand customer requirements, In Honda's view, an electric vehicle must offer great utility and be fun to drive. Fit EV's urban commuting capability will be a perfect addition to the full-function mobility of the plug-in hybrid and FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle.

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Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Policing in London and Chair of the London Hydrogen Partnership, was among the first in the UK to drive Honda's hydrogen fuel cell car, the FCX Clarity, yesterday at City Hall in London.

Mr Malthouse, Chair of the London Hydrogen Partnership, said:

Our friends at Honda have produced a marvel of electrochemistry and advanced engineering in the FCX Clarity, I have no doubt that in the centuries to come it will rank alongside the Model T Ford as an epoch-making step forward for personal transport and the welfare of our planet. This car is a brilliant achievement and there can be no greater compliment to Honda than my demand that they bring a fleet of Clarities to London as soon as possible.

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Hydrogen Honda Makes Debut on British Roads

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Honda's ground-breaking hydrogen fuel cell car, the FCX Clarity, has made its debut on UK roads, in the first of a series of high-profile test drives to raise awareness of the zero emission technology.

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, was one of the first to drive the world's only production fuel cell electric car following a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street.

He said:

I was pleased to be one of the first in the UK to test drive the Honda FCX Clarity and find out more about the potential for hydrogen fuel cell technology. The Government is keen to encourage all forms of low carbon vehicle technology such as hydrogen fuel cells, hybrids or significantly more efficient conventional vehicles. This is part of our push to stimulate the market for green motoring and give consumers greater choice.

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Honda backs hydrogen technology

Friday, 14 August 2009

Honda is pushing ahead with its plans to begin mass-production of its hydrogen fuel-cell-powered FCX Clarity, despite the slow take-up of hydrogen technology.

In the U.S, a key market for hydrogen technology, the Obama administration has publicly backed electric car technology and has consistently distanced itself from creating a hydrogen network.

In other key markets, including Britain, no hydrogen network currently exists.

Takashi Moriya, head of the Tokyo-based Honda group developing the technology, said:

Fuel-cell cars will become necessary. We're positioning the FCX Clarity as the ultimate zero-emission car.

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Honda's FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car has been announced as the World Green Car at the New York International Auto Show.

The FCX Clarity was chosen from an initial entry list of 22 contenders nominated by 59 World Car jurors from 25 countries throughout the world and is the second time Honda has won the award with the Civic Hybrid receiving the same honour in 2006.

The award coincides with Honda's announcement of a new hydrogen research department at its European R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany.

On receiving news of the award, Honda Motor Europe Senior Vice President, Ken Keir commented: This accolade celebrates Honda's long standing commitment to hydrogen fuel cell technology and alternative energy research. We are honoured to have received such a prestigious accolade for our ground breaking zero tailpipe emission vehicle.

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Official pictures of the UK-spec Honda Insight hybrid have leaked onto the web ahead of this weekend's Detroit motor show.

The UK version of Honda's new 'affordable hybrid' differs only slightly from the production-ready US model unveiled at the end of last year, with new clear indicator lenses and conventional round fog lights.

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Honda launch FCX Clarity in US

Monday, 16 June 2008

Honda America has announced that three southern California motor retailers will comprise its first fuel cell dealer network in the world. Power Honda Costa Mesa, Honda of Santa Monica and Scott Robinson Honda in Torrance have been selected as each is located in close proximity to hydrogen refueling stations and will be well-positioned to support Honda's growing base of customers of its FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car.

The carmaker also announced the first five customers for its new FCX Clarity: film producer Ron Yerxa, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, businessman Jim Salomon, actress Laura Harris and Jon Spallino, already the world's first retail fuel cell customer, who has been leasing the current generation FCX since 2005. All are green advocates and have shown an interest in the vehicle since its unveiling in 2005.

The announcements were made during a ceremony for the start of FCX Clarity production at Honda's dedicated fuel cell vehicle manufacturing facility in Japan. Honda plans to deliver around 200 FCX Clarity vehicles to customers in the USA and Japan in its first three years of production, with leases beginning next month. The four-seater FCX Clarity is driven by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated in the hydrogen fuel cell. Its only emission is water, and Honda claims its fuel efficiency is three times that of a modern petrol-powered car, and it has a range of up to 280 miles.

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Honda unveiled the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show, announcing plans to begin limited retail marketing of the vehicle in the US, starting summer 2008.

Tetsuo Iwamura - American Honda president and CEO - said:

The FCX Clarity is a shining symbol of the progress we've made with fuel cell vehicles

The Honda FCX Clarity is a next-generation, zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle based on the entirely-new Honda V Flow fuel cell platform, and powered by the highly compact, efficient and powerful Honda V Flow fuel cell stack. Featuring tremendous improvements to driving range, power, weight and efficiency - and boasting a low-slung, dynamic and sophisticated appearance, previously unachievable in a fuel cell vehicle - the FCX Clarity marks the significant progress Honda continues to make in advancing the real-world performance and appeal of the hydrogen-powered fuel cell car.

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