World's first private fuel cell car hits the road
1 July 2005

A Los Angeles family has become the first private civilian user of a fuel cell vehicle in the world. John and Sandy Spallino this week took delivery of their Honda FCX, the only zero-emissions fuel cell vehicle certified by US authorities for regular commercial use.

The fuel cell vehicles have previously been in use with fleet companies, but the Spallinos’ FCX is the first of several to be leased by Honda to individual customers over the next year. The project will provide engineers with real-world driving experience and feedback from private users for the two-year lease.

California is one of the few locations in the world where a fuel cell vehicle is a viable proposition, thanks to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commitment to creating Hydrogen refueling stations on the highway for the use of private individuals.

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