Jan. 31, 2005 — Honda Motor Co. leased a fuel cell-equipped FCX car to Hokkaido Prefectural Government in Japan, according to a report from Japan Corporate News Network.
The car was delivered January 27. It is equipped with a special system to enable it to start in sub-freezing temperatures. A new membrane design and improved durability lets the fuel cell work between 20 and 95 degrees Celsius, according to the report. The report also said the new design uses 50 percent fewer parts than the previous one while outputting more energy.