While its volume numbers may be modest, the fuel-cell powered
Honda FCX Clarity was seen has having both the eco-friendly technology and practical packaging brilliance to earn it the honor of being named as the 2009 World Green Car. In commenting on their choice, in which 59 jurors chose this striking new Honda
sedan over the
Mitsubishi iMiEV and
Toyota iQ finalists, the voters acknowledged that significant hurdles still exist to make the hydrogen highway a reality, but that Honda deserved major kudos for its groundbreaking efforts. "The FCX clarity is an utterly real, hydrogen-fuelled luxury sedan that provides the amenities people expect in a premium car with 430-km (367-mi) range, fuel consumption of about 3.3 liters per 100 km (72-mpg U.S.) equivalent and zero tailpipe emissions. While there is only so much the automotive industry can do when it comes to this technology -- governments need to come onboard to help create a true refueling infrastructure -- Honda must be credited for taking a bold step in leasing FCX Clarity to customers in California for $600 per month."