The Detroit Free Press’ Mark Phelan gives a three-day hands-on driving review of the Honda FCX—the first such unsupervised driving review of a fuel cell vehicle from any automaker.
I don’t know if the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Honda FCX I drove for a weekend is the wave of the future, but Lord, I hope so.
There's something inspirational about driving nearly 120 miles and producing no noxious emissions.
The biggest environmental hazard I encountered was the concern that I'd slip and fall when the water froze on my driveway. [...]
The FCX performed brilliantly, which is to say: just like a conventional car. Turn the key, it starts. Depress the accelerator and it goes.
The electric motor produces 107 horsepower and a muscular 201 pound-feet of torque. That’s more torque than a sporty V6-powered Volkswagen Golf GTi, giving the FCX enough oomph that I inadvertently squealed its all-season Yokohama tires several times on Woodward Avenue. [...]
As exalting as driving the FCX was, the car also comes equipped with an overwhelming irony: The car might run on the most plentiful element in the universe, but I had an eye glued to the fuel gauge all weekend because I was afraid I’d run out.
It’s worth reading in its entirety.
As Car Buyer’s Notebook points out, reviews like this (“it really is like a normal car, and better”) are important in building broader-based consumer support.