City of San Francisco Takes Delivery of Two Honda FCX Fuel Cell Vehicles
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced on April 13 the delivery of two Honda FCX hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles to mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom in a ceremony held at City Hall. The San Francisco delivery brings to twelve the number of Honda fuel cell cars on the road in the United States and Japan. The city of San Francisco will lease two Honda FCX vehicles for a period of one year with an option for a second year, adding to their fleet of more than 700 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. San Francisco intends to create a hydrogen-refueling infrastructure to support regular daily operation of the vehicles by city officials. The Honda FCX is the world's first commercial fuel cell vehicle and is the only FCV certified to meet all of the applicable federal safety standards as well as the only fuel cell vehicle certified by the U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) for everyday commercial use. CARB has also certified the FCX as a zero emission vehicle (ZEV). In addition, it is also the only fuel cell vehicle to appear in the 2003 and 2004 EPA Fuel Economy Guide. The FCX has a range of up to 170 miles and seating for four people, making it practical for a wide range of applications. In 2003, the city of Los Angeles celebrated its one-year anniversary as the first Honda fuel cell customer with five fuel cell vehicles in every day fleet use.