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A Real Gas: First Drive of the 2017 Honda Clarity FCV

Hydrogen-powered sedan is no lightweight.

by on Mar.20, 2017

A bit late, but ready to roll. The new Honda Clarity FCV is the latest fuel-cell powered vehicle to hit the U.S. market.

During a visit to Detroit last week, President Donald Trump all but promised the auto industry his administration will roll back the tough 54.5 mpg federal mileage standard set to go into effect in 2025.

Yet while some manufacturers, especially Detroit’s Big Three, issued a collective sigh of relief, others insisted such a move wouldn’t make much, if any, difference in their long-term plans. That includes Honda, whose CEO recently emphasized his commitment to generating two-thirds of the maker’s sales from electrified powertrains by 2030.

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“Electric” doesn’t necessarily mean “battery,” however, and Honda has become one of the biggest proponents of fuel-cell technology, the Japanese maker recently becoming the third manufacturer to start marketing a hydrogen-powered car in the U.S. market. This past week, it gave TheDetroitBureau.com a chance to put the new Honda Clarity FCV through its paces traversing the mountainous terrain east of Santa Barbara, California. (more…)

Honda Gives up on CNG in US

Maker also puts Accord plug-in hybrid on hiatus.

by on Jun.15, 2015

The 2015 Honda Civic CNG will be the last iteration of CNG vehicles sold in the U.S. by America Honda.

American Honda is giving up on building compressed natural gas vehicles for the U.S. market.

John Mendel, executive vice president, told a press conference in Detroit that Honda has tried to interest American consumers in CNG vehicles since 1998 and the idea of vehicles fueled by natural gas has never caught on despite the decline in the price of natural gas.

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Honda is also ending production of the Accord hybrid for one year but will bring it back for the 2017 model year with improvements in fuel efficiency, Mendel said. (more…)