Hydrogen vehicles now available…to few

Honda’s US launched of its FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle yesterday has been all over the news but don’t go trading your gas-guzzling car as of yet.

According to Honda, only 200 vehicles will be produced in the next three years and the first five were already promised to three Hollywood celebrities and two business owners/ fuel cell car enthusiasts. The vehicles will be manufactured at Honda’s new facility in Japan.

The cars cost several hundred thousand dollars each to produce, reported New York Times. It also said that the cost is expected to drop below $100,000 in less than a decade as production volumes increase. Honda is planning in the meantime to lease the vehicles for $600 a month.

I guess those of us that are not in the A-list will have to wait for 10 years or so to be able to afford a fuel-cell powered vehicle. To assuage my disappointment, my ICIS colleague Fred Seelig forwarded this article from Consumer Reports about the top 10 most fuel-efficient cars in the US that my meager money (if I even have enough) can buy.

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