Monaco’s narrow streets are home to some of the most powerful hypercars in the world. However, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco eschewed a ostentatious display for their lap of honor at the beginning of the 2017 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco, and instead they lapped the iconic city’s circuit in a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell.
The hydrogen-powered Clarity isn’t yet for sale in Europe, but Honda is staging a demonstration campaign through 2022 to show off its futuristic model. As part of the test, the company will put a total of 185 of the sedans on the road in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Gallery: 2017 Honda Clarity FCV: First Drive
The Clarity Fuel Cell manages an impressive range of 403 miles (650 kilomters) in the New European Driving Cycle test. However, the Environmental Protection Agency’s more stringent evaluation estimates the sedan can go 366 miles (589 km) with a full tank of hydrogen. The figure beats the Tesla Model S 100D’s 335-mile (539 km) EPA range and the 321 miles (516 km) that the hydrogen-fueled Toyota Mirai is capable of.
Like the Prince of Monaco, Motor1 Senior Green Car Editor Sebastian Blanco has also had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Clarity Fuel Cell. In the First Drive, he reports, “driving it feels like any other electric vehicle out there, with solid, linear acceleration.” The rival Mirai feels a little quicker under acceleration, though.
The Clarity Fuel Cell is currently available in the United States and Japan. Customers in the United States can lease one from select dealers in California for $369 a month and $2,868 due at signing. The offer also includes up to $15,000 of hydrogen refueling.
Customers in the rest of the U.S. will soon be able to experience the electric and plug-in hybrid versions of the Clarity, and they’ll both sell for around $35,000. The EV will arrive at dealers in California and Oregon later in 2017. The will use a 25.5-kilowatt-hour battery, and its range will possibly be as low as 80 miles.
The PHEV will be eventually available nationwid . It will feature a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and 17-kWh battery. The setup will offer an estimated 42-mile range when running only on electricity and will go around 330 miles in total.
Gallery: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Driven By Prince Of Monaco
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.
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