November 11, 2004
Honda delivers tenth hydrogen-powered FCX fuel cell car in California
Torrance, California – Honda announced the delivery of a Honda FCX, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle, to the city of Chula Vista, California. The city of Chula Vista will lease the vehicle for a period of two years and will operate the FCX on a regular daily basis as part of their normal operations. The FCX will be refuelled at a publicly accessible hydrogen station already operated by the city on their property.
In 2004, the city of San Francisco leased two FCX fuel-cell cars, joining the City of Los Angeles (five vehicles) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (two vehicles) as FCX customers. Additionally, the city of Los Angeles will celebrate its two year anniversary as Honda’s first ever fuel cell customer on December 2, 2004.
The Honda FCX is the world’s first and only fuel cell car to be certified by the U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the only fuel cell vehicle in regular daily operation with multiple customers in the U.S. and Japan. CARB has certified the FCX as Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV). In addition, the Honda FCX is also the only fuel cell vehicle to appear in the 2003 and 2004 EPA Fuel Economy Guide.
The FCX has a range of up to 260 km (160 miles) and seating for four people, making it practical for a wide range of real-world applications.
Honda undertook fuel cell research in 1989 and has been road testing vehicles in the United States since 1999. Honda has also been a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership based in Sacramento, California, since 1999.