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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Revealed at 2015 LA Auto Show

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Though gas prices have fallen, plenty of people would still rather pay up front to be eco-conscious than pay at the pump.

Honda is banking on the alternative energy demographic to continuing to grow with the North American debut of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan yesterday at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Clarity is anticipated to have a driving range of about 300 miles, with an engine that offers increased power and an expected refueling time of about three minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

According to Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. John Mandel, Honda has invested in pioneering fuel cell technologies for more than two decades, and that research is coming into fruition with the Clarity.

“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are a zero emissions technology that Honda believes in, and has worked to advance for more than 20 years,” Mandel said. “Vehicles like the Clarity Fuel Cell are potential game changers because they offer an uncompromising, zero emissions customer experience, with utility, range and refueling times on par with today’s gasoline-powered cars.”

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell interior

The Clarity is set to debut in California in late 2016 through select fuel cell dealers in some major California markets. The plan is to expand sales to other areas after the initial rollout as refueling networks increase in popularity.

Honda also announced that the Clarity’s platform will act as the foundation of a next-generation plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that Honda will launch in the US by 2018.

Though it won’t be available nationwide for some time, the first glimpse at the Clarity unfogs Honda’s perspective on the future of fuel cell technology in the changing vehicle landscape.