Today, at Grove Fuel Cell Symposium, Honda received the prestigious Grove Medal in recognition of the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. The FCX Clarity is a practical car with room for four people and luggage and it is ready for use on the road. Significantly, it has 2-3 times better fuel economy than its petrol equivalent and 1.5 times that of a petrol-electric hybrid. In addition to this excellent fuel economy the FCX Clarity produces no harmful gases, its only emission is water.
The award was accepted by Yuji Kawaguchi, Managing Director of Honda R&D Ltd. On accepting the award he commented; "We are honoured to accept this medal. At Honda we believe that the automobile holds the potential for limitless dreams and excitement in the future. The FCX Clarity represents the beginning of that future. We hope you will continue to look to Honda with anticipation and we will continue to strive to become a company that society wants to exist. "
Honda was chosen for the award by the Grove Symposium Steering Committee. Each individual Committee member proposes one or more possible candidates for the Medal. They must write a supporting case detailing the scientific breakthrough and innovation of the particular development and its importance for the fuel cell industry. They also consider other developments or breakthroughs carried out by the individual or company and their ongoing commitment to fuel cells.
The candidates are then discussed in turn in the following Committee meeting and a vote is taken. A clear majority is required to award the medal. Honda's FCX Clarity scored very highly in all categories.
The Grove Committee made the following comments regarding Honda’s achievement: "Honda's commitment to fuel cells has been evident for a long time. The FCX Clarity shows not only scientific breakthrough but also styling that has captured the public imagination, and Honda's move to small-scale automated production marks a watershed in the introduction of fuel cell vehicles. The Grove Committee was unanimous in its choice and is delighted to present this year's medal to Honda."
About Honda’s Fuel Cell Electric vehicles
Fuel cell electric vehicles, which run on hydrogen and emit no CO2 or other harmful emissions, may be the key to securing a bright future for the automobile in society. Honda became the world’s first carmaker to put a fuel cell electric vehicle on the road with regular customers, delivering the Honda FCX to fleet users in the United States and Japan in 2002. We have continued to improve performance, range and efficiency, overcoming the daunting challenge of cold weather operation and delivering vehicles to additional fleet users and private individuals. We have been working constantly, with a clear focus on the customer and real-world deployments, toward the full-scale commercialisation of fuel cell electric vehicles worldwide.
Now we are ready to make another great leap forward, introducing a fuel cell electric vehicle that delivers superior environmental performance and is fun to drive. The FCX Clarity embodies Honda’s innovative spirit, environmental vision and uncompromising approach to product quality and performance. This all-new Honda fuel cell electric vehicle addresses environmental issues in a comprehensive fashion, with elegance, integrity and a level of driving performance that customers expect from Honda. The automobile of the future is here today.
Honda has always been proactive and innovative in its approach to the reduction of atmospheric pollution. With the introduction of the CVCC engine in 1972, Honda became the world’s first automaker to comply with the stringent exhaust emissions regulations of the 1970 US Clean Air Act without the use of a catalytic converter. And Honda has continued to work to improve the emissions performance of all its vehicles. Addressing the problem of global warming, Honda has worked to reduce CO2 emissions by improving the fuel efficiency of its conventional engines, introducing a world-class natural gas–powered vehicle in the US, flexible fuel vehicles for Brazil, highly efficient diesel engines for Europe, and developing hybrid vehicles.
How Honda’s fuel cell electric vehicle works
A fuel cell vehicle has a hydrogen tank instead of a petrol tank. In the fuel cell, hydrogen is combined with atmospheric oxygen to generate electricity. The fuel cell is more like a tiny electric power station than a battery. Since the electricity required to power the vehicle’s motor is generated onboard using hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen, no CO2 or other pollutants are emitted in this process. It is the ultimate in clean performance—its only emission is the water produced as a by-product of electricity generation.
About Grove Fuel Cell Symposium
The Grove Fuel Cell Symposium, organised by Elsevier Ltd, provides a European forum to encourage the commercialization of all types of fuel cells and promote collaboration in their development and application. The first symposium, held in 1989 commemorated the 150th anniversary of the invention of the fuel cell in 1839 by Sir William Grove.
The first Grove Medal was awarded to Francis (Tom) Bacon for his pioneering development of the fuel cells which were developed into the Apollo spacecraft power sources, enabling Man to land on the moon 40 years ago this year. Subsequently, Grove Medals have been awarded to many other world leading figures and organizations developing fuel cells. The recipients are chosen by an international body, the Grove Symposium Steering Committee.
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