Honda Delivers Two Fuel Cell Vehicles to the South Coast Air Quality Management District in California
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has delivered the first of two Honda FCX fuel cell vehicles, the world's first commercially certified fuel cell car, to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) at agency headquarters in Diamond Bar, Calif.The delivery brings the number of Honda fuel cell cars on the road in the United States to twelve, including five vehicles with the city of Los Angeles, two with the city of San Francisco, two with the SCAQMD, and three in Honda's demonstration fleet. The SCAQMD will lease the two hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars for eighteen months at a cost of $500 per month. The vehicles will be used on a regular daily basis as part of the agency’s fleet of alternative fuel vehicles.The Honda FCX is the only FCV certified to meet all applicable federal safety standards, as well as the only fuel cell vehicle certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) for everyday commercial use. CARB has also certified the FCX as a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and it is the only EPA-tested FCV to appear in the 2003 and 2004 EPA Fuel Economy Guide. The FCX has a range of up to 160 miles and seating for four people, making it practical for real-world applications.In addition to the current FCX, Honda has developed a fuel cell stack capable of starting in sub-zero temperatures, a major breakthrough for future mass marketing of fuel cell technology. Honda will continue cold weather testing in Japan and the northeastern United States.