Honda Motor Co continues to target lease of sales of about 200 of its FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicles combined in the US and Japan in its first three years, Sachito Fujimoto, FCX Clarity’s chief project manager, told Reuters at the Reuters Global Climate and Alternative Energy Summit.
Honda began production of the FCX Clarity (earlier post) in June 2008. The FCX Clarity utilizes Honda’s 100 kW V Flow Stack in combination with a 288V lithium-ion battery pack and a single hydrogen storage tank (4.1 kg at 5000 psi/34.5 MPa) to provide a driving range of up to 240 miles. (Earlier post.)
Honda currently has 10 units of the FCX Clarity on the road in the US and Japan; it plans to have the cars ready for sale in showrooms by 2015
...the most difficult part is how to raise productivity, in particular for building the core part, fuel cells, as Honda is on the last and toughest part of the road toward commercialization, Sachito Fujimoto, FCX Clarity’s chief project manager, said on Tuesday.
“Everyday there’s progress,” Fujimoto said at the Reuters Global Climate and Alternative Energy Summit...It’s my own dream to make fuel cell vehicles for the ordinary motorist. I would like to make the age of the fuel cell cars begin in earnest as early as possible,” he said in an interview.