Oct 27th, 2007 by RJ Menezes
After much talk, previews and concepts that seem to be years away Honda has finally put it’s money where it’s mouth is. Begining in 2008 U.S customers will be able to purchase production versions of the companys FCX and CR-Z concept vehicles. Their production counterparts will first be show at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 14th. Without revealing to much Honda offered up this about the the production FCX: “In an effort to appeal to real-world customers, Honda’s recent breakthroughs in fuel-cell technology will enable levels of performance, room, comfort and dynamic styling previously unattainable in a fuel-cell car.” This means real, affordable fuel-cell technology for the masses. This is great news in the face of our ever growing dependency on oil, foreign or not. It also shows that Honda is serious about changing the way we think about hybrid and fuell cell technology. Unlike the Toyota Prius or Honda Insight, which both look like appliances, the FCX and CR-Z are bold and beautiful designs that evoke emotion. They show us that Hybrids don’t have to be boring, and dinky toy-like vehicles but rather quite exciting in design and execution. Does this mean I’ll get to drive a hybrid muscle-car in the future? I sure hope so, because to be honest, Honda proves that whats under the hood should not affect whats around it.