American Honda Motor Company has announced five of the first customers for its advanced new FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle, and provided details of the fuel cell dealership network in the U.S.
American Honda Motor Company has announced five of the first customers for its advanced new FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle, and provided details of the fuel cell dealership network in the U.S.. Click image to enlarge

Tochigi, Japan – American Honda Motor Company has announced five of the first customers for its advanced new FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle, and provided details of the fuel cell dealership network in the U.S. The announcements were made during a ceremony for the start of production at the world’s first dedicated fuel cell vehicle manufacturing facility in Japan.

Film producer Ron Yerxa will take delivery of the first FCX Clarity in July, followed by actress Jamie Lee Curtis and her husband Christopher Guest; business owner and car enthusiast Jim Salomon; actress Laura Harris; and Jon Spallino, already the world’s first retail fuel cell vehicle customer, who has been leasing the current-generation FCX since 2005. Yerxa, Harris and Spallino attended the event in Japan.

The first network of dealers will be in Southern California, in Costa Mesa, Santa Monica and Torrance.

“This is an important day in the history of fuel cell technology and a monumental step closer to the day when fuel cell cars will be part of the mainstream,” said John Mendel, executive vice-president of American Honda. “Our customers and dealers share in our vision for a cleaner and more sustainable transportation future, and share in our challenge to embrace a new generation of automotive technology that we think will carry the auto industry and its customers into the future.”

The FCX Clarity was introduced as a concept model at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. The initial criteria for fuel cell vehicle ownership included proximity to hydrogen stations, driving patterns and vehicle needs, all of which played a part in the customer selection process. “Auto companies can’t explore the potential for fuel cell technology as the ultimate solution to our world’s energy and environmental challenges by ourselves,” Mendel said. “Our customers are true pioneers and leaders in the effort to bring fuel cell technology to the marketplace.”

Honda previously announced plans to deliver about 200 FCX Clarity models to customers in the U.S. and Japan in the first three years of production, with leases beginning in July. The lease program marks the world’s first large-scale retail initiative for fuel cell vehicle technology.

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