Honda to Lease First Ever Consumer Hydrogen Car, the FCX

by Benjamin Jones on May 29, 2008

Honda FCX

You hear a lot of hype about hydrogen fuel cell cars from manufacturers like GM and BMW, but the fact of the matter is that the Honda FCX Clarity was the first hydrogen-powered car to become “official,” whatever that means anyway.

For $600 a month, if you live in either Torrance, Santa Monica, or Irvine, California, you will be able to lease Honda’s FCX Clarity. In starting this program this summer, Honda will become the first major manufacturer to lease their hydrogen fuel cell cars. GM is currently just giving its it people to use. Financially, these things all cost millions to build, so for Honda the lease money is really more of a symbolic thing than anything. But I’m sure there will be people knocking down the doors to cough up that money.

The lease will last for three years, meaning that Honda is planning on giving people a decent amount of time with the cars, but after which they’ll probably yank them up in order to pave the way for newer and better hydrogen technology. Let’s just hope that, unlike in the electric vehicle case, there is a better and newer model instead of every manufacturer cancelling their programs.

Also, Honda has said that in the near future they plan on building a hybrid based on the FCX body style, so those of you who liked the look but not the hydrogen or the 20 year wait may still have a shot!

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1 Dee Mullen June 15, 2008 at 12:10 pm

I wonder when these will be on the marker across the country… and how much the sales price will be?

2 Mark_2100 June 20, 2008 at 4:28 am

They cost over a millon dollars didn’t you read?

3 Angelo LoCastro June 27, 2008 at 8:21 am

I would like to own a H car. I live in Florida, where can I get one?

4 Hydrogen Car November 5, 2008 at 10:09 pm

its a good news that car manufacturers are releasing these hydro cars in the markets, but the sad thing is its price, luckily you can make your own DIY version of these hydro cars, there are sites that offers easy to read manuals and a kit for you to start converting your car, why spend million bucks for a hydro car if you can make one for only hundreds.

5 Saad Shibli December 31, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Hydrogen fuel will replace all kind power fuel for Vehicles , factories , electric generation etc. and I hope Honda will be the first in this field who bring this technology for general public use, if they struggle in this speed. this will be greatest contribution for humanity and economic development.

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