When Honda announced the FCX Clarity fuel cell car in November 2007, the company announced plans to build and lease 200 of the hydrogen fueled cars. So far however, only 10 examples have been delivered as Honda struggles with the process for mass producing the fuel cell plates. Nonetheless, project manager Sachito Fujimoto is confident the company will soon work out its issues and expects to hit the 200-car target. The company is working out the production processes which would allow the productivity to go up and costs to drop. According to Fujimoto, the main cost driver now is not the precious metals but the production rates. Fujimoto still plans to start mass production of the next iteration of the Clarity by 2015, about the same time frame that Toyota and GM have indicated they will begin production of fuel cell vehicles as well.
Gallery: 2009 Honda FCX Clarity First drive
Honda still plans 200 FCX Clarity leases, showroom sales by 2015 originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Wed, 09 Sep 2009 09:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.