The Honda FCX has become the first fuel cell vehicle in the world to receive government certification, paving the way for the commercial use of fuel cell vehicles.
Both the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the
California Air Resources Board (CARB) have certified the hydrogen-powered Honda FCX as meeting all applicable standards.
The FCX has been certified by CARB as a Zero Emission Vehicle
(ZEV) and by the EPA as a Tier-2 Bin 1, National Low Emission Vehicle (NLEV), the lowest national emission rating. The FCX will also meet US safety and occupant protection standards.
Honda will start a lease program for a limited number of FCXs
in the USA and Japan by the end of this year. During the first two-to-three-year period, Honda will lease about 30 fuel cell vehicles in California and the Tokyo metropolitan area, two locations with access to a hydrogen fuel supply infrastructure. The company currently has no plans, however, for mass-market sales of fuel cell vehicles.