Honda FCX Clarity At EcoVelocity Show

At the 2011 EcoVelocity Show Honda will be showcasing a range of green product, chief among which the world’s first production fuel cell car, the FCX Clarity.

They will also be showing the Insight, CR-Z and Jazz Hybrid all available for test drives.

Clarity is the world’s first production fuel cell car, but for some reason Honda only offers it on lease in America and is not yet ready to launch if fully into the market. While all car makers are trying to make better electric cars, plug-ins, Honda thinks fuel cell is a better solution because it doesn’t need to be recharged after every 200 mile for five or six hours. The only problem is filling the car with hydrogen.

fcx1 Honda FCX Clarity At EcoVelocity Show

Honda press release:

The FCX Clarity, Honda’s state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell car which emits zero harmful emissions will be making its UK public debut at the low carbon motor festival which takes place at Battersea Power Station between 8-11 September. As well as being displayed on the Honda stand, the car will be running in the Parade which takes place three times each day.

Honda’s trio of environmentally-friendly hybrid cars – the Insight, CR-Z and Jazz Hybrid – will also be at EcoVelocity. Visitors will get the chance to drive them around a specially-constructed track in the shadow of the capital city’s famous landmark and learn all about the benefits of the technology under the skin. The drives are offered on a ‘just turn up’ basis with no need to pre-book a slot.

Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda (UK), said: “We’re delighted to be supporting EcoVelocity because it gives people the opportunity to experience our cars and see how well they compare to other hybrids on the market. With the Honda CR-Z, Insight and Jazz Hybrid, we have a fantastic range of vehicles to suit every need.”

The EcoVelocity Show, organized by IMIE and Metro, will be held at Battersea Power Station on September 8-11th. This outdoor motoring festival will bring to life a new world of motoring for prospective buyers that are keen to experience the latest in eco-technology or just enjoy a fun and interactive day out. For more details and to buy tickets please visit

FCX Clarity: Quite simply, the world’s first production fuel cell car. It’s not a concept or experimental prototype, but a fully-certified vehicle built on a factory line like any other model. The clever bit is that driving it, using all of its 270-mile range and even filling it up with hydrogen is just as easy as owning any other Honda. It is an electric car that generates its electricity on board using compressed hydrogen as an energy carrier and emits only water vapour from its tailpipe.

Insight: Refreshed for 2011, the Insight is a five-door family car that’s high on practicality as well as environmental considerations. Powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine and supported by Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid technology, it returns combined fuel economy of 64.2mpg with CO2 emissions of just 101g/km. Every Insight features Eco-Assist, Honda’s innovative driver-coaching system that encourages more frugal use of fuel.

CR-Z: The world’s first sporty hybrid features a stunning exterior design that’s like nothing else on the road today. Under the bonnet is a 1.5-litre petrol engine, but Honda’s IMA hybrid technology and a six-speed manual gearbox mean a performance-oriented and fun driving experience is guaranteed. Yet the CR-Z still delivers figures of 56.5mpg and just 117g/km.

Jazz Hybrid: Honda’s newest hybrid car brings the advantages of the petrol/electric powertrain to supermini owners for the first time. Everything that’s loved about the regular Jazz is still present; including the ultra-versatile Magic Seats, but it emits only 104g/km of CO2 and fuel economy is an astonishing 64.2mpg – a 23 per cent improvement of the best-selling version of the Jazz.

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