Torrance, California – American Honda Motor Company has announced that Ron Yerxa and Annette Ballester took delivery of their hydrogen fuel cell-powered FCX Clarity last Friday in Santa Monica, California, making them the world’s first customers of the new Honda model. They are the first of approximately 200 customers who will lease the vehicles in the U.S. and Japan over the next three years, with the vast majority being leased in Southern California.
“The FCX Clarity lease program is one more step toward meeting the societal goals of climate stability, renewable energy supplies and zero-emissions transportation,” said John Mendel, executive vice-president of American Honda. “With this key step, we are advancing toward the goal of broader commercialization. Establishing a dedicated sales network and service infrastructure provides customers with the best balance of convenience and the highest level of satisfaction.”
Significant advances over the previous-generation FCX include a 25 per cent increase in combined fuel economy and more than a 30 per cent increase in driving range.