After debuting in Tokyo, the 2016 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell made
its American debut at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show. The
vehicle which emits 0% carbon is a strong statement by Honda in
line to fulfilling their promise to achieve 50% carbon emission
reduction by 2050.
The new model leverages the automakers two decades of advancing
its fuel cell technology which has resulted in huge gains in
efficiency, packaging, interior space and performance.
2016 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Exterior
Looking at the Clarity Fuel Cell sedan head on, you won’t
notice any difference from a conventional standard sedan. The
vehicle stretches 4,895 mm long, 1,875 mm wide and stands at a
height of 1,475 mm.
The vehicle has a slender aerodynamic profile. At the front it
features sharp LED headlights which flank a grille similar to
conventional Honda sedans. The rear also features LED
taillights. The vehicle will be offered in three exterior
colors which are black, white and red. The Clarity Fuel Cell
will ride on 18-inch alloy wheels.
Honda announced that they will use the platform on the Clarity
Fuel Cell on the next generation of their Honda Plug-In hybrid
expected to debut in 2018 which is expected to triple the
electric range of the Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan.
2016 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Interior
The reduction of the fuel stack by 33% has made it possible for
a roomy cabin large enough to accommodate five passengers.
The interior will be upholstered in quality material and
will feature soft plastics here and there.
Honda will also hook up the vehicle with their most updated
technology features including Honda sensing suite, Android
Auto, LED interior and exterior lighting and Apple CarPlay
among others. The vehicle will also feature up-to-date
connectivity features like USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity
and Smartphone integration to name just but a few.
A modern infotainment system with a large screen and a premium
audio system will also be featured. The automaker will also
offer a package of driving aids as an option.
Engine Specs and Performance
Hydrogen in, water and electricity out, this is how clean
driving is turning out to be. The sedan is powered by a
modified version of the FCX Clarity hydrogen cell which has
been on the market since 2008 as a prototype. Through research,
the company has been able to tweak the engine to deliver more
output. It produces 174 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. The engine
enables the vehicle to complete the 0-60 mph run in 9 seconds.
The Clarity Fuel Cell is the first hydrogen vehicle to feature
its power-train under the hood. This has been achieved by
reducing the fuel cell stack by 33% to almost the size of a
conventional 3.5 L V6 petrol engine leaving plenty of cabin
room. This also made it possible for Honda to mount two
hydrogen tanks: a smaller tank beneath the rear seats and a big
one in its trunk.
The two tanks combine to give a 435 miles range. What more, you
can use the vehicle to power your house for a whole week using
Honda’s Power Exporter 9000 gadget. For newbies in hydrogen
technology, this drivetrain works by mixing compressed hydrogen
with oxygen to create electricity and water. The electricity is
channeled to a lithium-ion battery pack which is placed beneath
the front seats. The electricity is then sent to the electric
motor which spins the front wheels of the vehicle.
The car just takes 3 minutes to refuel at a pressure of 70 MPa
almost the same time it takes a petrol-powered car. However,
infrastructure will be the biggest challenge for this vehicle
since there are only few hydrogen stations and far between in
Price and release date
The vehicle will be available in select fuel cell dealers
California (Los Angeles, Sacramento, Orange County and San
Francisco Bay) in late 2016 due to limitation of hydrogen
As hydrogen fueling stations expand, the automaker will avail
it to other states too. Honda has not released its pricing
details but judging from its competitors and taking the price
in its local market in Japan, the 2016 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
will have a starting price of around $ 60,000.
When it hits the market, the 2016 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will
contend with the Toyota Mirai (the first mass-market fuel cell
vehicle in the world) and Hyundai Tuscon FCEV.