The Honda Motor Company has been developing its hydrogen-powered car, the Honda FCX Clarity, for several years. The car has only been released under a limited leasing program so far, and the company currently has no estimate of when it will begin mass production of the hydrogen-powered car. But that doesn’t mean that the company can’t immediately use the technology developed for the car in other cars.
Honda has announced that the new Fit electric vehicle will use the engine and transmission first developed for the FCX Clarity Sedan model. The electric fit car is scheduled to hit the market in 2012 and will be tested in California on the Google campus and at the renowned Stanford University. It’s great to see that Honda can use some of the technology it has developed for hydrogen-powered cars in other pure electric vehicles. One reason the mass production of hydrogen-powered cars has been delayed has to do with the high cost of some parts, such as the hydrogen fuel cell.
The release of the Fit electric vehicle is an important step for Honda Motor Company as it continues to compete with other automakers in the fuel-efficient vehicle segment. The Fit is already very popular in America with customers looking for very small, fuel-efficient vehicles. It will be exciting to see what the final product will look like and how it compares to other cars that are already on the market today.