Honda has staged the North American premiere of its Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Looking virtually identical to its Japanese cousin, the fuel cell vehicle will reach dealerships starting in California from late 2016. Honda explains the platform underpinning the model will also serve as the foundation for a next-generation plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that will launch by 2018, with more than triple the all-electric range of the Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan.
Going back to the new Clarity, it is powered by a fuel cell powertrain with a maximum power of 177 PS (130 kW). No exact driving range figure is currently available, as previously Honda said the machine has a range of more than 700 km (435 miles) based on JC08 testing, while the North American model comes with “an anticipated driving range in excess of 300 miles (483 km)”.
Compared to the FCX Clarity from 2002, the new fuel cell vehicle offers 33% smaller fuel cell stack, while at the same time the power density is up by 60% to 3.1 kW/L.
“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are a zero emissions technology that Honda believes in, and has worked to advance for more than 20 years,” John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., commented. “Vehicles like the Clarity Fuel Cell are potential game changers because they offer an uncompromising, zero emissions customer experience, with utility, range and refueling times on par with today's gasoline-powered cars.”