Prince Albert of Monaco drives Honda Clarity Fuel Cell at 2017 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco

Article by Christian A., on June 1, 2017

Monaco's narrow streets are considered as territory to some of the most impressive supercars in the world. Now, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco opted not to have an extravagant display for their lap of honor at the start of the 2017 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco. Instead, they were in a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell when they lapped the historic city's circuit. The lap represented the beginning of the race itself, directly preceding the highly anticipated presentation of the Formula 1 drivers and Monaco's national anthem.

As of now, the hydrogen-driven Clarity is still not available in Europe, but Honda is orchestrating a demonstration campaign that will run through 2022 to showcase its futuristic vehicle. The Japanese company will unleash a total of 185 sedans on the roads of Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and the United Kingdom as part of the test. The new vehicle from Honda impressively belts out a range of 403 miles (650 km) in the New European Driving Cycle test.

But according to the Environmental Protection Agency's more strict assessment, the sedan only yielded 366 miles (589 km) with a full tank of hydrogen. This record is still better compared to Tesla Model S 100D's 335 mile (539 km) EPA range and the 321 miles (516 km) that the hydrogen powered Toyota Mirai can accomplish.

Prince of Monaco isn't the only one who had the chance to maneuver the sedan, as we also got the opportunity to go behind the wheel of the Clarity Fuel Cell. The sedan feels like any other electric vehicle in the market, with stable, linear acceleration. Its main adversary, the Toyota Mirai, feels a tad faster under acceleration.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is sold in the United States and Japan. Those in the United States who are interested can loan one from select dealers located in California for only $369 per month and $2,868 that will be required at signing.

The proposal also includes hydrogen refuelling up to $15,000. For the customers found in different states in the US, they will soon have the electric and plug in hybrid variants of the Clarity, which will be sold for an estimated $35,000. The mentioned electric vehicle will be rolled out to dealers in California and Oregon in the latter part of this year. Both variants of the Clarity will utilize a 25.5 kW-hour battery, and its range will be possibly register as low as 80 miles.

Moreover, the plug-in hybrid vehicles will ultimately be offered nationwide. It will flaunt a 1.5 L 4-cylinder engine and 17 kWh battery. The vehicle will also deliver a predicted 42-mile range when running on electricity and will cruise for a total of 330 miles.

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Prince Albert of Monaco drives the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell in lap of honour at Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2017

Clarity Fuel Cell has the honour of the opening lap at the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2017
Hydrogen-powered car aligns with Prince Albert’s keen focus on environmental issues and sustainability
Lap of honour is Clarity Fuel Cell’s latest appearance in European demonstrations that run until 2022

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco has driven the all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell on the lap of honour for the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO. The lap represents the opening of the race itself, immediately preceding the presentation of the Formula 1™ drivers and Monaco's national anthem.

Prince Albert II, accompanied by Princess Charlene and a representative from the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, piloted the Clarity Fuel Cell around the 3.337km circuit.

The hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell is particularly appropriate choice of vehicle given His Serene Highness’s focus on the environment and sustainability. One of the key aims of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is to limit the effects of climate change and promote renewable energies.

The all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s most advanced fuel cell vehicle, which eliminates the design compromises that are often found in alternatively-fuelled cars. Its state-of-the-art 103kW fuel cell stack is small enough to be housed under the bonnet rather than in the underfloor area, which creates more space for the cabin. The result is a fuel cell sedan capable of seating five occupants in comfort – a world first. The Clarity Fuel Cell also provides the longest maximum driving range rating of any zero-emission vehicle offering approximately 650km* (403 miles) range under NEDC conditions.

Honda will run a dedicated fleet of new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles in European demonstration projects until 2022, showcasing its advanced fuel cell leadership, as well as the car‘s impressive real-world performance.

The arrival of the new Clarity Fuel Cell in Europe is a key part of Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’, announced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which aims to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of its cars sold in Europe by 2025.


Source: Honda

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