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Test Drive: Honda's FCX Fuel-Cell Car

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2008 Honda FCX - H2/Electric Powered

Washington DC May 21, 2007; The AIADA newsletter reported that Honda has decided that hydrogen fuel-cell power has a mainstream, everyday future. The car company's 2008 FCX is a fuel-cell vehicle specifically for the consumer market.

In a test drive conducted by James Healey of USA Today, the FCX received high honors. With more interior space, features, and accessories, those who drive them are likely to be delighted. In addition to the quiet interior, the FCX sported comfortable and stylish seats made from what Honda calls bio-fabric, made from specially grown plants.

Honda says the car will hit 100 mph. It easily topped 75 mph in the parking-lot test drive, and showed no strain or sign of tapering off. Acceleration was reasonably quick, as generally is the case with an electric car.

Honda hopes to disseminate the 2008 FCX to users who have access to hydrogen. That includes consumers in Las Vegas, Detroit, and California.

Honda anticipates a gasoline-equivalent rating of about 68 miles per gallon in the Environmental Protection Agency's combined city-highway driving cycle. USA Today rates the car as "Impressive."