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Honda is providing more information about the launch of its hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell, which will be available for lease in California by the end of 2016, with retail sales to follow. The five-passenger sedan rides on a new platform that will also underpin a new Honda plug-in hybrid set to arrive by 2018. We don’t have exact pricing numbers yet on this new hydrogen-powered car, but Honda is targeting a retail price of “around $60,000” for the Clarity Fuel Cell, or a monthly lease price under $500. That’s comparable to the only other hydrogen car on sale right now, the Toyota Mirai, which costs $57,500 to buy or $499 per month to lease. Honda hasn’t yet announced any sort of fueling benefits, while Toyota offers three years of complimentary fuel for the Mirai. Only certain Honda dealers in Los Angeles, Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento will be certified to sell or lease the Clarity at first. Honda says it will expand into more markets later on, though the propagation of hydrogen fueling stations will surely be a limiting factor for the Clarity’s reach. The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell provides a driving range of over 300 miles, and refueling takes approximately three to five minutes. The Clarity will be the first of a few new eco-friendly models from Honda, and shows a renewed commitment to alternative fuel vehicles after the company discontinued its Insight hybrid and Fit EV models last year. A refreshed 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, likely with similar tweaks as the standard 2016 Accord lineup, will arrive this spring, and a plug-in hybrid that uses the same platform as the Clarity is set to launch by 2018. Keep an eye out for more news on the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and Honda’s other upcoming hybrids over the coming months.