Watch TopGear test FCX Clarity, call it 'future of motoring'

Last December, James May, co-host of the UK car show 'Top Gear,' flew to LA to test drive the Honda FCX Clarity, which he calls "the most important car since the car was invented."

Last December, James May, co-host of the UK car show "Top Gear," flew to LA to test drive the Honda FCX Clarity prototype, which he calls "the most important car since the car was invented."

The Honda FCX Clarity is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that uses compressed gas to generate electricity and power the car's electric motor. The Clarity has a driving range of 280 miles per tank, delivers 135hp, can travel up to 100 mph, and can reach 60 mph from a standstill in under 9 seconds.

The video clip made it onto YouTube.com recently and shows May meandering through the LA foothills, filling up at a hydrogen fueling station, and interviewing Clarity fanboy Jay Leno.

Although May says the Clarity is unlike other electric cars because it does not have batteries; the Clarity uses a lithium ion battery to store electricity and help power the electric motor, according to Honda's Web site.

 

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