Hy­dro­gen cell car wins Honda top award

Bray People - - NEWS -

HONDA has re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Grove Medal in recog­ni­tion of the FCX Clar­ity hy­dro­gen fuel cell elec­tric ve­hi­cle.

The FCX Clar­ity is a prac­ti­cal car with room for four peo­ple and lug­gage and it is ready for use on the road.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, it has 2-3 times bet­ter fuel econ­omy than its petrol equiv­a­lent and 1.5 times that of a petrol-elec­tric hy­brid. In ad­di­tion to this ex­cel­lent fuel econ­omy the FCX Clar­ity pro­duces no harm­ful gases, its only emis­sion is wa­ter.

Honda was cho­sen for the award by the Grove Sym­po­sium Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, a Euro­pean fo­rum to en­cour­age the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of all types of fuel cells and pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tion in their de­vel­op­ment and ap­pli­ca­tion. PAUL Cope, Di­rec­tor of Man­u­fac­tur­ing for Jaguar Land Rover, has been named as the ’2009 Au­to­mo­tive News Eurostar for Man­u­fac­tur­ing’. The an­nual awards, which recog­nise ex­cel­lence in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, are re­garded as a key bench­mark of suc­cess and were an­nounced at this year’s Frankfurt Mo­tor Show. CAR dealers in Bri­tain say prices of late-plate used cars have leapt by 25 per cent so far this year. Cit­ing the cut in pro­duc­tion of new mod­els as a re­sult of the re­ces­sion, Glasses Guide manag­ing ed­i­tor Adrian Rush­more says he doubts that the sup­ply sit­u­a­tion for used cars of any age will change un­til the mid­dle of next year at the ear­li­est: MO­TORISTS could find their costs rock­et­ing fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the An Bord Snip Nua re­port which said the gov­ern­ment needs to cut €5 bil­lion from pub­lic spending to keep the coun­try afloat. It rec­om­mended that road pric­ing, or tolling, be in­tro­duced on ‘all ex­ist­ing road routes, in­clud­ing bridges and tun­nels’.

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