Cable takes a trip in Honda’s new fuel cell vehicle
HONDA has been brandishing its hydrogen fuel cell for the first time in Britain.
The FCX Clarity was tested, by among others, the Business Secretary Vince Cable. He confirmed the government’s support for “all forms of low carbon vehicle technology such as hydrogen fuel cells, hybrids or significantly more efficient conventional vehicles”.
Audi is launching 2-A1 etrons on Munich next year. The electric superhatch can achieve 81mph and has a city range of 31 miles.
A small Wankel rotary engine in the back can recharge the battery to give an additional 124 miles. In this case it rates at 148mpg and 45g/km CO2. The A1 with conventional power is on sale in Britain this autumn.
There is now a production version of the electric AClass. Mercedes-Benz quotes a range of up to 124 miles with a 0-62mph time of 14 seconds for the five-seater ehatch.
To charge for a 62-mile range will take eight hours at home or three hours from a dedicated power point.
It will go to “selected” customers next year. Fullscale production of the electric Smart, already on trial, will start in 2012.
IT’S A GAS: Business Secretary, Vince Cable, drives the FCX Clarity, Honda’s fuel cell car. Right, the Audi A1 E-Tron.