Honda begins sales of all-new Clarity FCV

Honda begins sales of all-new Clarity FCV

Calrity-Fuel-CellHonda Motor Company today began sales in Japan of its all-new fuel cell vehicle (FCV), the Clarity.

Honda claims the Clarity has the world’s top-class cruising range among zero emission vehicles, of approximately 750km.

Combined with the improved efficiency of the powertrain, and a reduced energy requirement for driving, a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank installed to this vehicle provides an extended cruising range – an increase of approximately 30% compared to the previous FCV models.

This increase in cruising range significantly improves the practicality of this FCV model, as an everyday car which can accommodate all driving needs, including a long-distance driving trip. The hydrogen tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes, realising ease of use equivalent to that of a petrol-powered vehicle.

Power-Exporter-9000The Clarity FCV features an exterior design which Honda says combines dynamism and elegance, as well as a quiet yet powerful and smooth driving feel, which can be realised only by an electric vehicle (EV) equipped with a high-output motor with maximum output of 130 kW.

In addition, in combination with a portable external power output device, the Power Exporter 9000, which also went on sale today, Clarity can function as a ‘power source on wheels’ that is capable of supplying approximately seven-days’ of electricity for an average household.

For the first year of the Clarity launch in Japan, Honda will focus on lease sales, mainly to local government bodies or businesses Honda has already been working with for the popularisation of FCVs.

Honda will begin with small-volume production, eventually expanding volume, before introducing the Clarity FCV to Europe and the US before the end of 2016.

Honda was one of the first automakers to begin focusing attention on hydrogen as a possible solution for issues such as global warming and depletion of fossil fuels. Honda has been positioning the FCV, which emits only water, as the ultimate environmentally responsible vehicle, and has taken a proactive approach to the research and development of FCVs since the late 1980s.

In 2002, the Honda FCX became the first fuel cell vehicle in the world to be certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). With these certifications, Honda began sales of the Honda FCX in Japan and the US.

In 2008, Honda became the first automaker to begin sales of the FCX Clarity, which featured an innovative sedan-type package. The all-new Clarity FCV was developed based on various data related to the ease of use, and driving performance, of these earlier Honda FCVs.

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