So, it is official! The new Honda Clarity FCV has the longest verified range of any zero-emissions vehicle currently on the road in the United States.
One of the main discouragements over zero-emissions vehicle is the amount of distance it could travel on a single charge or a single tank. This has caused the so-called range anxiety, in which drivers were wary of being trapped somewhere between where they took off and to where they are going. The possibility of being stuck while driving on a highway and leaving their cars behind has somewhat discouraged consumers from adopting clean and green cars.
So far, carmakers have been doing what they could to address this issue. Carmakers producing electric vehicles have been working hard to beef up their battery packs to increase the range of their offerings. One of these carmakers is Tesla, which produces the range-topping Tesla Model S P100D with a range of around 315 miles. This means that a fully charged Model S P100D could go for around 315 miles before needing to recharge again. Of course, actual range also depends on the driving habits and techniques, weather conditions and road situations.
For Honda, the sweet thing is that its new Clarity FCV has been rated by the US Environmental Protection Agency as able to travel much farther than the Tesla Model S P100D on a single tank. Honda has disclosed that its new Clarity FCV – an electric vehicle that is powered by hydrogen through its high-tech fuel cells – has an EPA-rated petrol-equivalent range of 68 mpg combined, which basically means it consumes 3.46 liters of fuel per 100 km on a combination of city and highway driving.
Well, it also means that the new Honda Clarity FCV could travel up to 366 miles (589 km) on a full tank of hydrogen. Just as mentioned, it is safe to believe that actual range is also dependent on several other factors.
Steve Center, American Honda's VP of the Environmental Business Development Office, remarked that aside from offering driving range at par with conventionally powered cars, the new five-passenger Clarity FCV only needs three to five minutes to replenish itself with fuel from a growing network of hydrogen stations. The new Honda FCV offers a roomier cabin thanks to the fact that its fuel cell and integrated powertrain are all fitted under the hood.
Honda will commence sales of the new Clarity FCV at select California dealerships by the end of 2016 but has yet to disclose its output figures as well as its official pricing details. It is expected that the new Honda FCV will be operated by a 174-hp electric motor powered by a 100 kW fuel stack just like its Japanese counterpart. It’s likely to be priced at around $60,000.