Honda Tests Fuel Cell Vehicles in Desert Climate

Snows of the east coast have put the fuel cell vehicles of American Honda to the test, now it’s time for the sun to do its worst. American Honda will lease two FCX fuel cell vehicles to the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. The city will lease the vehicles for two years at a cost of $500 per vehicle per month, and operate them on a regular daily basis as part of their normal fleet operations.

“Whether it is the sunny skies of southern California, the freezing winters of the northeast or the extreme temperatures of the Nevada desert, Honda is committed to expanding its technology and real world experience,” said Dan Bonawitz, vice president of Corporate Planning and Logistics for American Honda. With the addition of the city of Las Vegas, Honda has a total of 14 FCX vehicles in regular daily use with six customers in three states. In 2004, the city of San Francisco leased two cars, joining the city of Los Angeles (five vehicles), the South Coast Air Quality Management District (two vehicles), city of Chula Vista (one vehicle) and the State of New York (two vehicles) as FCX customers. FCX fuel cell vehicles leased to Las Vegas will be refueled at a city-owned and operated hydrogen station. The two Honda FC vehicles are the only fuel cell powered vehicles in service in the state of Nevada. “Innovation is what the city of Las Vegas has demonstrated for years,” said Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. “Consistent with that vision is the deployment of these state-of-the-art, pollution-free Honda fuel cell vehicles. With being the first city in Nevada to test these vehicles and building the world’s first hydrogen energy station in 2002, we are at the forefront in pursuing innovative technology that will help keep our environment clean.” Honda undertook fuel cell research in 1989 and has been road testing vehicles in the United States since 1999. Honda has also been a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership since 1999.
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