There is a video of interest to hydrogen auto enthusiasts on Jay Leno’s Garage website in which the late night talk show host takes a Honda Clarity for a spin. Jay also talks with Sage Marie, Honda’s PR spokesman about the technical issues surrounding the Honda Clarity.
Last summer I lobbied to have Jay Leno drive a hydrogen auto and in September, he did just that by driving a BMW Hydrogen 7 and then putting out a video of his experience. The Honda FCX Clarity is the first fuel cell auto that Jay has driven as the BMW is powered by liquid hydrogen and an internal combustion engine.
In the Honda Clarity video, Jay seems to be trying to reconcile the differences between the two autos as he asks Sage Marie about compressed hydrogen gas versus liquid hydrogen and if the compressed gas “boils off” after a few weeks like the liquefied hydrogen gas does. Marie points out that compressed gas has not such issue as boil off.
Leno and Marie, go on to talk about such issues as the Hindenburg misconception, how hydrogen is safer than gasoline and the merits of a home refueling system for fuel cell autos and how everyone can achieve self-sufficiency in this area.
Jay Leno then takes a test drive to refuel the Honda Clarity and finds it easier than gasoline and less messy. Sage Marie talks about the current cost for refueling with hydrogen gas, which is $5 per kilogram (a kg equal a gallon). So, filling up the Clarity, which holds 4 kg will cost $20 and the Clarity can then drive for 270 miles, which equals 68 mpg.
Jay talks about the good acceleration on the highway and how he’s going faster than perhaps he should be. Wouldn’t this have been a dubious distinction for Jay Leno to become the first person in the world to receive a speeding ticket in a hydrogen auto?
It’s good to see Jay Leno getting onboard with hydrogen autos. His star power and advocacy will convince many of the merits of hydrogen. So, what’s next for Jay’s Garage? Do I hear GM knocking at the door, offering the late night talk show king their Cadillac Provoq for a spin around Burbank?