The Honda Motor Company has been developing its hydrogen powered car, the Honda FCX Clarity, for a number of years now. The car has so far only been released under a limited leasing program, and the company does not currently have an estimate as to when they will start mass producing the hydrogen powered car. Though, this doesn’t mean that the company cannot start using the technology it has developed for the car in other cars right away.
Honda has announced that the new electric Fit vehicle will use the motor and transmission that was first developed for the FCX Clarity Sedan model. The electric Fit car is expected to be released in 2012 and testing is planned to take place in California at the Google campus and at the prestigious Stanford University. It is great to see that Honda can use some of the technology it developed for hydrogen powered cars in other all electric vehicles. Part of the reason for the delay of mass producing hydrogen powered cars has to do with the high cost of some of the parts such as the hydrogen fuel cell.
The release of the electric Fit vehicle is an important step for the Honda Motor Company as it continues to compete with other automakers in the fuel efficient vehicle segment. The Fit has already been very popular in America among customers looking for very small fuel efficient vehicles. It will be exciting to see what the final product will look like and how it will compare to other cars already out on the market today.