At the 2016 Washington, D.C. Auto Show, Honda announced its plans to offer for US sales the new 5-passenger, hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan. The Japanese company, famous for the manufacture of automobiles, motorcycles, and power equipment, is planning to have limited volumes at the early stages of production.
Retail leasing to customers in selected California markets is scheduled to commence before the end of this year. The expected cost of the Clarity Fuel Cell is about $60,000 with a targeted lease per month of below $500. Deliveries will begin through certified fuel cell vehicle dealers in San Francisco and Sacramento including Los Angeles and Orange counties.
The company plans to begin by releasing vehicles on lease and advance to retail sales with higher volumes and market coverage, which will correspond with a greater number of vehicle supplies and the expanding hydrogen refueling station network.
New Clarity Fuel Cell serves as the basis of a developing portfolio of advanced environmental vehicles. A reengineered 2017 Accord Hybrid, which will be on sale this spring, is also among these advanced vehicles, as well as a new Honda Plug-In-Hybrid vehicle that works on the same platform as the Clarity Fuel Cell.
This new Honda Plug-In-Hybrid is slated for launch by 2018, as confirmed by John Mendel, the executive vice president of Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. when he stated that the new Clarity Fuel Cell and Accord Hybrid are set to arrive in 2016, together with the new plug-in hybrid that will come by 2018.
He said that these are “critical steps” to establishing a new range of Honda advanced environmental vehicles. He also said that the Clarity Fuel Cell would likely make a historic change since customers get zero emissions but benefit from the same practicality, range, performance, and refuelling time as the cars presently powered by gasoline.
What are the features of the next-generation Plug-In-Hybrid? With the Clarity Fuel Cell serving as the base for the next generation Honda plug-in-hybrid, this hybrid will be a new 50-state volume vehicle in the Honda line-up. The plug-in-hybrid will offer a second iteration of the i-MMD plug-in system which produces noticeable improvements in battery capacity and power.
Also, the next generation Honda plug-in-hybrid will have more than three times the 13-mile all-electric range of the former Accord Plug-In-Hybrid sedan. For a large number of American drivers with EV operation at highway speeds, this sufficiently higher all-electric range allows a zero emissions commute.
What other details are available about the features of Honda Fuel Cell? As a result of the technological innovations to the Clarity Fuel Cell, the fuel cell stack is 33 percent more compact than the previous model; thus, there is 60 percent increase in power density when compared to the Honda FCX Clarity.
The compact size of the fuel cell gives room for a larger cabin with seating that can accommodate five passengers. With an expected refueling time ranging from three to five minutes, the new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will offer a driving range approximated to be greater than 300 miles.
Honda Fuel Cell is the next progression in Honda’s dynamic FCV body design; it features an aerodynamic body that is low, broad and has clean character lines. For the exterior design, the Fuel Cell will be made available in white, black, including signature red exterior paint schemes.
The interior of the car is designed with opulent materials and streamlined controls. Some of its extra features are LED exterior lighting, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistive technologies. It also comes with 18” aluminium alloy wheels. For more information about the Clarity Fuel Cell and to sign up to become a Clarity Fuel cell customer, please visit http://www.HondaCars.com/Honda-FCV