Recently, Tim Mings’ dream came true when, quite by accident, he came across the very first Honda N600 built in the United States. Given that Mings happens to be an expert who has restored more than 1,000 N600s over the course of his life, it couldn’t have been found by a more appropriate individual.
According to Mings, only three of the first 50 N600s that Honda brought the United States still survive. This is doubly significant because it was also the first nameplate that Honda ever sold in the U.S.—in other words, he got his hands on the car that started Honda’s American history. If not for it, Lee’s Summit Honda might not even exist!
Over the next few weeks, he’ll be restoring the Honda N600 Serial One back to its former glory, and you’ll be able to keep up with the whole story on the official Honda-sponsored website and down below.
Today, most people agree that the future of mobility is electric. However, there are always ways to improve how that electricity is produced and how efficiently. It’s doubtful that electric cars will continue to draw their power from lithium-ion batteries for the rest of time.
Another solution is hydrogen fuel cells, and they’re coming sooner than you might think. Honda has officially started leasing its Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to select customers in Japan and the car should be arriving in California later this year.
The Clarity, which was shown off in New York, is powered by an electric motor that can produce 174 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. It recharges fully in about five minutes, emits only water vapor, and Honda expects it’ll receive an EPA-estimated driving distance of over 300 miles. The only downside right now is the lack of hydrogen refueling stations in the country, but as more of those are built, we might see the Clarity—or some other FCV—arrive at Lee’s Summit Honda.