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July 2, 2008

Honda Unveils Japan Model of FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle Leasing in Japan to begin November 2008

July 2, 2008—Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled the Japan model of its FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle, which will also be displayed at the Environmental Showcase at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit that begins July 7, 2008. Leasing in Japan is scheduled to begin November 2008.

Initially, leases are to be limited to government agencies and certain corporate customers. Numerous FCX Clarity events are to be held beginning in 2009 at which the public will have the opportunity to come in contact with the FCX Clarity and gain a greater appreciation of the appeal of fuel cell vehicles.

Designed as a dedicated fuel cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity is powered by the Honda V Flow fuel cell stack. Thanks to the innovative layout of the fuel cell power plant, the FCX Clarity offers superior design, packaging and driving performance. Emitting no CO2 in operation, the FCX Clarity offers not only the ultimate in environmental responsibility but also real-world performance and appeal.

The new lightweight, compact Honda V Flow fuel cell stack offers significantly enhanced performance, with an output of 100kW (compared to 86kW in the conventional FC Stack), as well as enhanced cold climate performance that enables it to start in temperatures as low as -30°C. The lightweight and compact design of the FC Stack allows it to be arranged in the vehicle's center tunnel for a more spacious interior and an elegant, low-riding sedan form. Cruising range has been extended 30% to 620km.* The Japan model also features climate-controlled seats in the rear as well as in the front.

  • *In 10-15 mode (Honda Calculations)

The combined sales plan for Japan and U.S. calls for a few dozen units a year and about 200 units within three years.

FCX Clarity (Japan model)

FCX Clarity (Japan model)

New Technology

  • Honda Bio-Fabric: the world's first automotive interior covering made from plant-based materials
  • Climate-controlled seats (front and rear)
  • Compact, easy-to-operate transmission featuring Shift-by-Wire technology (a first for Honda)
  • An extra rear window that enhances rearward visibility—privacy is maintained thanks to a layer of polycarbonate film that conceals the trunk room

FCX Clarity: Principal Specifications (Japan model)

Number of occupants
Power train
Max. output
Max. torque
AC synchronous electric motor
(permanent magnet)
Fuel cell stack
(Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell)
Max. output
Lithium ion battery
Compressed hydrogen
Pressurized hydrogen tank
Tank capacity
171 liters
Dimensions (L × W × H)
4,835 × 1,845 × 1,470mm
Vehicle weight
Maximum speed
160km/ h
Energy storage
Lithium ion battery

Note: All values Honda calculations