Honda took the wraps off its Clarity Fuel Cell sedan at the Tokyo Motor Show, a hydrogen-powered car that Honda promises will be as easy to drive and operate as a regular gas car.
As a production car and not a concept, the Clarity signals Honda’s commitment to alternative powertrains. The five-seat sedan is powered by a fuel cell stack that is 33 percent smaller, but has a 60 percent higher output density. Honda says this fuel cell stack is about the same size as a typical V6 engine, meaning it could be stored under the hood of a car and not under the passenger seats or in the trunk.
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Honda says the zero-emissions Clarity can travel up to 435 miles on a single tank of hydrogen and that the car can be fully refuelled in about three minutes. Honda promises a “highly responsive and exhilarating driving experience and excellent quietness at the same time.” The car can also generate electricity and be used as a generator in times of disaster or power outages.
The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will be available for lease in Japan starting in March 2016. There is no word yet on if it will make its way over to North America.