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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Priced at $60,000

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

At the 2016 Washington DC Auto Show, Honda took time to announce preliminary pricing details for the Clarity Fuel Cell, which was unveiled two months ago in LA. The automaker confirmed that the new 5-passenger, hydrogen-powered automobile will begin retail leasing to customers in select California markets before the end of 2016, and the Clarity Fuel Cell is expected to be priced at around $60,000 and carry a monthly lease under $500.

With limited production in the early stages of the FCV, the automaker will begin by leasing the sedan. Certified fuel cell vehicle dealers in LA and Orange counties, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento will be the first to receive deliveries of the Clarity. The company expects to move to retail sales as the number of vehicles and vehicle supplies increases, and the hydrogen refueling station network grows large enough to support them.

The Clarity Fuel Cell is one of several advanced environmental Honda vehicles coming to the market soon, including a reengineered 2017 Accord Hybrid that arrives this spring, and a Plug-In Hybrid vehicle based on the same platform as the Clarity that will go on sale in 2018.

“The new Clarity Fuel Cell and Accord Hybrid arriving this year, along with the new plug-in hybrid coming by 2018, are critical steps toward a new generation of Honda advanced environmental vehicles and a true volume pillar for Honda and our product portfolio in the U.S.,” said Honda VP John Mendel. “The Clarity Fuel Cell is a potential game changer because it offers an uncompromising, zero emissions customer experience, with performance, utility, range and refueling time on par with today’s gasoline-powered cars.”

Customers can sign up for the opportunity to be a Clarity Fuel Cell customer by going to

  • johnD

    Hydrogen is tightly bound in water and hydrocarbon sources, and cannot be mined or otherwise acquired, without a very substantial investment of energy. The only economically viable means of producing it in industrial quantities would be to strip it from Natural Gas, in a process which would release CO2 to the atmosphere at the plant, vs. from the vehicle itself. It would be just as efficient and no more environmentally destructive, to simply burn the natural gas directly, in such vehicles. The theoretical maximum efficiency of the extraction process means that, in terms of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, Hydrogen cell vehicles will never be even as “green” as today’s Toyota Prius Hybrid, or any plug-in hybrid available today. They will never achieve the GHG emission reductions that people are led to assume the technology promises. Current and future electric vehicles can actually do make good on those promises. For a detailed analysis of this very deceptively marketed Hydrogen fuel cell technology – one with no credible benefits to a world striving to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, look up “Time To Come Clean About Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles”.

  • Ken

    Fuel cell cars are not green in any way, are actually dirtier than gasoline cars and also cannot reliably fill in under an hour and, often, only to half full.

    There has been so much trouble with fueling that Toyota has just stopped sales of its fuel cell car.

    From Clean Technica: “95% of US Hydrogen production is from natural gas, most of the remainder from the gasification of coal and it will not change for the better.

    Hydrogen is locked by the force of economics to natural gas and natural gas is increasingly locked by the same force to the practice of (environmentally devastating) fracking.

    For the same energy (1 gal gas : 1 Kg H2) Total Hydrogen CO2e emissions are 28.8% more polluting than gasoline fuel.

    Hydrogen FCVs offer no net Green House Gas reductions versus any other low performance vehicle. Replacing an EV, PHEV, HEV (or even a small-engined diesel or gasoline vehicle) with a FCV will represent an environmental set-back.”

    From Endgadget: “Reformed methane hydrogen is as bad as gasoline. Ford recently said that FCVs “do not provide significant environmental benefits on a well-to-wheels basis” compared to gas engines. And they could actually be worse, because recent studies have shown that methane infrastructure leaks are worse than previously thought (100 to 1000 times more) and, as a greenhouse gas, methane is 86 times worse than CO2.”

    Toyota and Honda are charging $60,000 for a car that performs and pollutes worse than a $20,000 Corolla.

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