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Honda ramps up fuel cell programme


Japanese carmaker delivers first hydrogen car to government department.

Honda has delivered the first FCX Clarity fuel cell car to the Japanese Ministry of the Environment as part of its commitment to lease hydrogen-powered cars to 200 customers in the US and Japan over the next three years.

The four-seater FCX Clarity runs on electricity produced by combining hydrogen with oxygen and emits only water vapour.

\Honda says it’s twice as energy-efficient as a petrol-electric hybrid and is three times more fuel-efficient than a traditional, petrol-powered car. The Honda V Flow fuel cell stack powers the Clarity’s motor.

Honda launched the Clarity in America in July and Hollywood star Jamie Lee-Curtis was one of the first people to lease one.

The limiting factor on making fuel cell cars like the Clarity more widely available is the lack of hydrogen filling stations.

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