Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, which is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. at the end of the year, has received an endorsement by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for driving range rating of 589 kilometers (366 miles) and fuel economy rating of 109km/l (68 mpg).
The Honda Fuel Cell vehicle needs no further introduction; it was the first EPA- and CARB-certified fuel cell vehicle, which went into production and introduced in the U.S.A. and Japan in 2002. Among the firsts accomplished by Honda’s fuel cell vehicle include the first fuel cell vehicle to start and operate in sub-freezing temperatures; first fuel cell vehicle leased to an individual customer in 2005 and a follow-up fuel cell vehicle based on the FCX Clarity. The current Clarity Fuel Cell anchors an expanding portfolio of advanced environmental Honda vehicles. In our previous feature on the Clarity, Honda announced the availability of a new Clarity Fuel Cell Plug-In Hybrid vehicle, based on the same platform, for launch by 2018.
The Clarity Fuel Cell is the first fuel cell car to house the entire drivetrain under the bonnet of the car. Honda has reduced the size of the fuel cell stack by 33 percent whilst increasing power density by 60 percent, compared to the Honda FCX Clarity. Thanks to the compact fuel cell stack and integrated powertrain, Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell is able to offer a more spacious cabin with seating for five people.
In looks, the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell features a low, wide aerodynamic body with clean character lines. At the front, prominent LED headlights illuminate brighter than anything, while 18-inch aluminum wheels complete a sturdy road stance. Resemblance to current variants of the current-generation Civic and even the Accord is most prevalent. Colors valid for the Clarity Fuel Cell consists of black, white and signature red paint schemes.
In Europe, Honda will be introducing the Clarity Fuel Cell to a limited number of European markets through the HyFIVE program to promote the development, use and viability of a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Together with industry partners, Honda is looking to gather real world user experiences of fuel cell vehicles and the use of hydrogen refuelling stations. The first units of the Clarity Fuel Cell will be arriving in Europe before the end of the year.