Honda Motor Co. (TSE:7267) said
Tuesday that it has developed a fuel cell vehicle that can
supply enough power to sustain a typical household for six
The automaker modified its FCX Clarity fuel cell car, which it currently offers through leases, by installing an inverter in the trunk. Using the hydrogen in its fuel tank to generate electricity, the vehicle can supply up to 9kw continuously for more than seven hours.
Last year, power shortages caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake led to heightened interest in using eco-friendly vehicles as emergency power sources. But while battery-powered vehicles can only juice up a home for a day or two using stored reserves, fuel cells, which generate electricity, are able to supply more energy.
Honda delivered the vehicle to the Saitama Prefecture government, with an eye on starting full sales in 2015. It also set up a solar-powered hydrogen station in that prefecture.
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