Honda Adds New Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan to Mix at L.A. Auto Show
Honda reinforced its eco-friendly leadership at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show by introducing its next-generation 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell compact sedan that will be available for lease late next year to customers in California.
The latest zero-emissions version of the Clarity features an anticipated driving range of more than 300 miles before recharging. Honda also points out that the platform for the Clarity is also the architecture for Honda’s next plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to launch by 2018, with more than three times the all-electric range of the current Accord plug-in hybrid sedan.
The latest-generation Clarity features a fuel-cell stack that is 33% smaller than its predecessor, with a 60% boost in power density compared with the outgoing Honda FCX Clarity. Comparable in size to a V-6 engine, the fuel-cell stack fits entirely under the hood of the car, allowing for a spacious 5-passenger cabin. As mentioned, the newest Clarity has a driving range that is estimated to exceed 300 miles, with a refueling time of about 3 minutes, according to Honda.
Styling has been refined and the new Clarity profiles a low, wide aerodynamic body with clean character lines. The interior uses a range of materials and features that Honda calls intuitive, streamlined controls. Additional standard features on the new model include the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies, support for smartphone connectivity, LED lighting systems, and 18-in. aluminum alloy wheels. The Clarity Fuel Cell will be available in three exterior paint colors: black, white, and signature red.
Honda said deliveries of the new 2017 Clarity will start in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, in addition to the San Francisco Bay area and California’s capitol, Sacramento. However, Honda hopes to expand leasing the Clarity to more markets in California and other states, including the Northeast, as hydrogen refueling stations expand.
At the auto show in Los Angeles, a Honda official pointed out that the automaker introduced its first FCX fuel-cell vehicle in 2002 and has been working on fuel-cell vehicle technology for 20 years. Consumers interested in more information or leasing the Clarity can sign up at www.HondaCars.com/Honda-FCV.