2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
The future is now for the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan, as it joins the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell as state-of-the-art mass produced hydrogen powered fuel-cell vehicles.
Honda’s fuel cell research stretches back to the late 1980s and includes the original Clarity FCX. It has evolved and progressed, with the fuel cell now small enough to fit under the hood. That, along with using two fuel tanks, allows for a spacious 5-seat interior. Total system output is 174 horsepower and 221 lb-ft. of torque with an EPA certified range of 366 miles. That’s 50% more than a battery powered Bolt EV.
GREG CARLOSS: “The drive experience is similar to an EV. There is good torque from a stop. It’s not as brutal or as sudden as in an EV, but it’s more linear and that’s similar to an internal combustion engine, something that most people are used to”
Outside, it’s clearly a forward thinking Honda, with linear LED headlights and turn signals, and “L” shaped DRLs. Air curtain ducts below the rear doors and rear tire spats work with the large spoiler to keep the air flowing smoothly.
Inside, an 8-inch touch panel accommodates both Apple and Android users. What Honda calls a “graphical LCD meter panel” sits behind the steering wheel.
The 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is the first of three models. Battery electric and plug-in hybrid versions will follow. Prices starts under $59,000, but right now this Clarity is only available for lease in California near hydrogen fueling stations.
Price: Starts under $59,000