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Prince Albert of Monaco Drives Honda Clarity FCV at Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2017

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Prince Albert of Monaco drives the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell in lap of honour at Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2017

The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan may not be fit for a king, but it is apparently worthy of a prince.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco drove the all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell on the lap of honour at the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco. The lap represents the ceremonial opening of the race, and precedes the presentation of the Formula 1 drivers and Monaco’s national anthem.

Prince Albert II drove the Clarity around the 3.337 km circuit accompanied by Princess Charlene and a representative from the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile.

The hydrogen-powered, zero-emission Clarity Fuel Cell is natural fit for His Serene Highness, given the prince’s focus on the environment and sustainability. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is largely focused on ways to limit the effects of climate change and promote renewable energies.

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The world’s most advanced fuel cell vehicle, the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell eliminates the design compromises that are often found in alternatively fuelled cars. Its state-of-the-art 103kW fuel cell stack is compact enough that it can fit under the bonnet rather than in the underfloor area, allowing for a roomier interior. As a result, the Clarity is capable of seating five occupants in comfort. The vehicle also provides the longest maximum driving range rating of any zero-emission vehicle, with a truly impressive 403-mile range.

Honda says that it will run a dedicated fleet of new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles in European demonstration projects until 2022, in order to showcase the vehicle’s advanced fuel cell leadership and impressive real-world performance.

The Clarity Fuel Cell’s arrival in Europe is a key component of Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’ of having electrified powertrains in two thirds of its cars sold in Europe by 2025, which the automaker announced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

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