Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Honda | posted March 11, 2016 10:01
The Honda Clarity FCV has a range of 750 kilometers
Honda Motor Corporation has officially rolled out their latest fuel cell vehicle, Clarity, in the Japanese market with the goal of selling 200 units in its first year.
The Clarity is a five-seater zero-emission fuel cell vehicle that comes with a price tag of 7.66 million yen or US$ 67,000.
Using the latest innovation in design and fuel cell technology, Honda managed to create a more compact fuel cell powertrain that fits under the hood of the Clarity.
This latest generation of the Clarity comes with 30-percent more range for a total of 750 kilometers on one full tank of hydrogen that can be refilled in just three minutes.
Its high output motor can produce 177 PS and 300 Nm of torque while the fuel cell stack has 140 PS. Coupled with the Power Exporter 9000, which is sold separately, the Clarity can power an entire household with seven days worth of electricity.
Honda plans to lease sales to the Environment Ministry and mainly to its other partners in business while also gathering pertinent data about the Clarity’s performance before offering the vehicle to private individuals.
The United States and European markets will be receiving their Clarity units towards the end of 2016.
"We believe FCVs (Fuel Cell Vehicles) have potential to become an alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles in terms of mobility and to address issues related to climate change," said Honda President Takahiro Hachigo.