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Suzuki Burgman Fuell Cell Concept

A fuel-cell car is an electric car. gas from the car’s fuel and oxygen in the air pass through in the fuel cell, resulting in an reaction that generates to run the motor and produces water as exhaust. A backup battery helps when more is needed than the fuel is producing.

Test Drive has plenty of attention to Clarity. A engineering-analysis vehicle was reviewed 23, 2007. Honda said at the it was a production model but later Not quite.

A well-before-production concept was May 18, 2007.

Honda swears this test Clarity is to those it began handing to customers July 25, except for compressor parts that promises will cut the whine. 200 go to consumers in the next three Most will be leased for a month to Southern Californians who other cars and live one of three 24-hour public stations.

Clarity’s worth the scrutiny it’s the only vehicle from scratch to be a hydrogen car for personal use. It’s not a anything. It is a peek at a low-pollution, transportation future.

Each costs Honda some — Honda won’t specify — to

The Clarity is a mix of fancy and not. You get and cooled seats, a voice-control system, satellite radio, operation on all four windows, headlights, and a system that if a collision is likely and hits the if you don’t. But no leather, sunroof, seats or automatic on-off

Some of the no-shows would add or use more electricity, so they dropped for efficiency. The car also was to four seats to avoid the suspension and other hardware people and their luggage require. Honda favors its bio-fabric upholstery as the greenest

Clarity is easy and fun to drive, but not even forgiving the electric-drive Irritations:

Doors often had to be twice to latch.

Steering unnatural and won’t win the feel of the crowd.

The gearshift — a tab poking the dashboard — was clumsy to use. toward you and down for drive, up for Not intuitive or smooth.

High-intensity didn’t throw low-beam far enough to illuminate stray

The fuel cell took as as five seconds to crank up, usually was ready immediately.

On the hand, Clarity:

• Looks The styling attracted crowds; the power was a bonus feature.

• Is Example: Instead of hard-to-decipher gauges found in gasoline-electric Clarity has a dashboard dot. It size and color to guide driving habits.

• Runs great. As with all motors, it delivers full immediately, allowing slingshot from stoplights and stress-free

• Handles well. Agile; body lean.

• Cossets. limousine-like. Deluxe width for rider. Legroom front and for tall adults.

• Sips and The test car’s 61 miles per of hydrogen in suburban use equated to 62 per gallon of gasoline. Washington, only public hydrogen a Shell station, charged per kg.

So, $8.18 for 61 miles in Clarity, vs. $9.35 in a 24-mpg, four-cylinder

Honda’s developing a home-fill It would hook to a residential gas line and produce hydrogen for fuel-cell car, heat for home’s water and electricity for house. Honda won’t timing or price.

Hydrogen fuel has reassuring features. Station pumps start without an airtight to the car’s filler. If hydrogen leak, it dissipates rapidly. gasoline pools dangerously.

doesn’t pollute, but making can: 95% is made from gas, which has a carbon though smaller than Hydrogen also can be extracted water, but that process lots of electricity.

Plenty of remains, but Clarity’s satisfying to and previews a delightful hydrogen

Honda FCX Clarity

• What? midsize, front-wheel-drive, four-door, sedan powered by electricity a hydrogen fuel cell up by lithium-ion battery pack.

Suzuki Burgman Fuell Cell Concept

• First was delivered July 25 in California, where public filling stations make a car feasible.

• Where? Built at Tochigi,

• Why? To field-test production cars in customers’ hands.

• How Leased for $600 a month for years.

• How many? About 200 the three years, most in the a few in Japan.

• How potent? Electric is rated 134 horsepower, 189 pounds-feet of Lithium-ion battery pack is 288 volts.

• What’s missing? seats, sunroof, leather, on/off headlights. Otherwise

• How big? Four inches than Honda Accord, 200 lbs. heavier, otherwise Clarity is 190.3 inches 72.7 in. wide, 57.8 in. on a 110.2-in. wheelbase. Weighs lbs.

Passenger volume is as 100.8 cubic feet.

13.1 cubic feet under-floor storage well. up to 700 pounds of people, cargo.

• How Rated 77 miles per kilogram of in town, 67 on the highway, 72 in combined

That equates to 79/68/74 mpg of according to Honda.

Regular-production car’s trip computer 61 mpkg in suburban driving.

holds 4.1 kg hydrogen compressed at lbs. per square inch.

• System whines annoyingly like an auto journalist), but the car’s a peach.

Suzuki Burgman Fuell Cell Concept
Suzuki Burgman Fuell Cell Concept
Suzuki Burgman Fuell Cell Concept
Suzuki Burgman Fuell Cell Concept


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