The 2008 FCX Clarity
The Zero-Emission Sedan of the Future. A Reality Today.
- Zero emissions
- Domestic fuel
- Helps slow increase in greenhouse gases
- Fun to drive
- Smooth and powerful
- Groundbreaking new fuel cell stack
- Six airbags
- Vehicle Stability Assist ™ (VSA®)
- Collision Mitigation Braking System ™ (CMBS™)In developing the FCX Clarity, Honda has managed to strike the perfect balance between futuristic technology and the very human desire for a thrilling ride. The result amounts to zero emissions and maximum driving experience.
Yes, the FCX Clarity is the car of the future, but it’s ready for the road this summer.Shaping StandardsThis dynamic full-cabin sedan was designed to set the sedan standard for the next century. The aggressive front end features a 6-sided grille and the whole package is wrapped up in a sophisticated, rich color we call Star Garnet Metallic.Back to the FutureEven from the rear, this vehicle commands attention. Elegantly tapered passenger cabin lines complement the accentuated fender flares. A high center slopes down lower at the fenders. And in the back you’ll find an under-trunk storage well, offering a convenient place to store valuables away from prying eyes. Honda adds another first with the addition of refractive rear privacy glass on part of the trunk, which adds to driver visibility through the rear view.Secret IngredientsThe hood, trunk, doors and fenders are crafted with aluminum to lighten the load and increase efficiency. Front and rear subframes are made from extruded aluminum to heighten this effect. Ultra-lightweight 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels enhance efficiency.Ever wonder what the future feels like? Spend some quality time inside the FCX Clarity and you’ll be pleased to discover that craftsmanship is alive and well there, as is advanced interior comfort. Everything inside this roomy four-passenger vehicle is designed with humans in mind.Rooted in ComfortA significant percentage of the seating material in the FCX Clarity is derived from plants to extend its environmental sensibility even further. The revolutionary Honda Bio-Fabric provides a CO2 reduction of 30% compared to conventional polyester made from petroleum products. Not only is the Honda Bio-Fabric better for the environment, but it also provides outstanding elasticity which helps to prevent sagging and it is silky soft to the touch. It’s also durable enough to withstand everyday wear and tear. And each seat is individually contoured to complement the human form.Evolved InteriorThe interior of the FCX Clarity has a clean, inviting feel accomplished with naturally warm earth-tone colors. Silver accents with piano-black finish complete the distinctive markings of this highly evolved species.Seats and StorageAll the amenities you’ve come to expect from Honda are right there where you need them. Heated and cooled seats keep you comfortable no matter the season. A rear center console does double duty as a tray table, and front and rear door pockets are convenient places to stash your stuff.Technology of TomorrowThe advanced technology on this car isn’t all reserved for the powertrain. A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™* with voice recognition and rearview camera helps you coming and going — and it even finds your nearest hydrogen station. XM® Radio† and an MP3/auxiliary input jack in the center console rock your world. Even the glove compartment is outfitted with Honda’s USB Audio Interface.**Dash Around TownA multi-layered instrument panel floats before your eyes, and 3-D gauges stand out with the information you need. The futuristic hydrogen-consumption gauge changes color and size to reflect hydrogen consumption as your driving conditions change. During high consumption the ball becomes large and amber colored. As consumption decreases, it shrinks and turns yellow then blue. If you’re ready to go high tech with the car of the future, just hit the Vehicle Start Button.*The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System is available in the United States, except Alaska. See your Honda dealer for details.
†Required XM® Radio monthly subscription sold separately after 90-day trial period. Installation costs and other fees and taxes may apply after initial trial period, including a one-time activation fee. Subscription fee is consumer only. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscriptions subject to Customer Agreement available at xmradio.com. XM service only available in the United States except Alaska. The XM name is a registered trademark of XM Satellite Radio Inc.
**The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA, or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your dealer for details on compatibility.From the start, Honda engineers designed this car to be tons of fun to drive. Acceleration in the FCX Clarity is smooth and powerful for a great overall driving experience.Information gleaned from multiple generations of Honda fuel cell vehicles pays off right now. Compared to the previous model, the powertrain on this next-generation FCX Clarity:
Free and ClearFirst, the basics: a fuel cell vehicle is powered by an electric motor running on electricity generated by a hydrogen-powered fuel cell stack. The Honda E-Drive electric motor lets you drive with peace of mind knowing that you are helping to reduce the amount of CO2 being released in our atmosphere. The compact coaxial motor is quieter and works at higher rpm, for greater efficiency and speed.Get VerticalThe Vertical Flow (V Flow) fuel cell stack is one of Honda’s greatest breakthroughs in this area. The new design is smaller, allowing for better packaging efficiency. With a smaller stack, there’s room for more people. This ingenious design allows higher cell voltage stability and reduces the amount of heat generated. Gravity also helps with drainage of the excess water.Added PowerThe compact, high-efficiency lithium-ion battery pack is used as a supplemental power source capturing lost energy during deceleration and braking. The new lithium-ion battery delivers improved performance and energy recovery in a more lightweight, compact package. The new battery is significantly lighter and smaller than the ultra-capacitor of the 2005 FCX, allowing it to be stowed under the rear seat. This gives the car more passenger space and a bigger trunk.Low ProfileStylish? Definitely. It’s time to take another look at the FCX. This new model has a lower floor and sleeker overall design thanks to integration of the more compact stack and smaller powertrain. Thin A-pillars allow better visibility. A flat-bottom underbody reduces aerodynamic drag and increases efficiency.We believe high safety standards can apply to all vehicles—even the groundbreaking ones. Six airbags are standard. Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) systems are standard. Even a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) is present and accounted for.
- Is over 397 pounds lighter
- Has 120% better power-to-weight ratio
- Is 20% more fuel efficient
- Has a powertrain that is 45% more compact and 10% more energy-efficient
And the FCX Clarity passed all the same rigorous tests required by U.S. safety standards that other Honda models have endured. So you can drive the FCX Clarity with confidence.Unique ProtectionOmni-directional crash protection is in place to help protect the hydrogen and electrical devices in the event of a collision.Next Best Thing to a Co-PilotHonda Motor Co., LTD introduced the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) in 2003, and we have now added it to the FCX Clarity. CMBS™ can help detect certain potential collisions and, through the use of visual and audio alerts plus an automatic tug of the seat belt, it can alert the driver to take action. If a collision cannot be avoided, front seat belts are automatically retracted and braking force reduces the vehicle's speed to help lessen the force of the collision.*Honda has also taken safety precautions with regard to tank and refueling safety. Learn more.*Depending on the speed of closure between the vehicles, CMBS may skip one or both of the steps prior to braking.The FCX Clarity is capable of traveling about 280 miles before refueling,* a reasonable distance for most people. When you do need fuel, it’s easy and safe to get it at one of the designated hydrogen refueling stations in your area. While we’re all familiar with gasoline being dispensed by the gallon, gaseous hydrogen, as used by FCX Clarity, is dispensed in kilograms. The fill-up only takes a few minutes.Honda is also working toward a future where you may be able to fuel up right in your own garage using a Home Energy Station.*Honda in-house data calculated using previously approved EPA methodology.Why do we care about fuel cells? Because they produce electricity in a very efficient manner. And when they are used in Honda’s revolutionary new fuel cell stack, they produce enough electricity to power a real-world car.Vehicles that use hydrogen with fuel cell technology instead of gasoline are the cleanest around because they emit only water vapor into the air we breathe. These cars simply do not pollute. They can also use hydrogen from domestic energy sources, reducing our dependence on oil. And driving fuel cell vehicles significantly reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, helping to slow the increase in greenhouse gases.The FCX Clarity is ready for the road. A limited number of these groundbreaking vehicles will be leased to Southern Californians starting this summer.* Honda plans to deliver about 200 FCX Clarity hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles to customers in the first three years of its fuel cell lease program. The customer pre-qualification and selection process is already underway. The first FCX Clarity drivers will be announced at a special ceremony marking the start of production on June 16, 2008.Ron Yerxa and Annette Ballester took delivery of the first hydrogen fuel cell powered FCX Clarity on July 25, 2008 at Honda of Santa Monica. View photos.One of the reasons for this limited initial release is that in order to drive a fuel cell vehicle, you have to be able to refuel it. And since these clean cars do not run on gasoline, you can’t just stop at your regular corner gas station to fill up. Hydrogen fuel stations are necessary to refuel a fuel cell vehicle and, as it stands now, these stations are still quite limited.Therefore, only customers currently residing in the Torrance, Santa Monica and Irvine areas who meet additional qualification criteria will be eligible to take an FCX Clarity home. Honda wants to ensure that FCX Clarity drivers will be able to take their vehicles in for service at participating dealers and have convenient access to refueling stations. Leasing will be handled through American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in conjunction with local dealers. Maintenance will also be covered by the three-year $600/month lease.*If you live outside the area, don’t worry. We expect to roll out more fuel cell vehicles as more hydrogen refueling options become available. A key component of this effort is the development of Honda's Home Energy Stations. At Honda we believe that hydrogen fuel cells have the power to change our society’s energy and mobility options, and we are thrilled to have met this milestone with the introduction of the all-new FCX Clarity.*Subject to limited availability, in designated, limited California market regions, to approved lessees by American Honda Finance Corp. Closed end lease for 2008 FCX Clarity, for qualified lessees meeting specific use and operation requirements. Not all applicants will qualify. No purchase option. Zero capitalized cost reduction. Taxes, license, title fees, liability insurance extra. Monthly payments of $600.00 for 36 months. Total monthly payments $21,600.00. No mileage limitation or excess mileage cost. See one of three authorized FCX Clarity dealers for complete details.Select the type of 360° view from above:
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