Honda has unveiled the Clarity Fuel Cell at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The car is Honda’s answer to the Toyota Mirai and replaces the Honda FCX Clarity.
The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell bears the same silhouette as a conventional gasoline-powered sedan, thanks in part to its fuel cell stack. The stack developed by Honda for this fuel cell vehicle is 33% smaller compared to previous version but has an output of more than 100 kW (134 hp) and a claimed output density of 3.1 kW/L, which represents another improvement of approximately 60%. Dimension-wise, Honda says that its size is similar to its 3.5-liter V6 engine.
The fuel cell stack is placed under the bonnet which allows for a spacious cabin designed to accomodate five passengers in comfort. The vehicle measures in at 4,895 mm in length, 1,875 mm in width and 1,475 mm in height.
The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell has a phenomenal range of more than 700 km (435 miles) in JC08 test cycle. This impressive driving range has been achieved by reducing energy for driving, improving efficiency of the powertrain and by installing high-pressure hydrogen tanks that store the gas at a pressure of 70MPa. The Toyota Mirai for comparison, has a range of 650 km in JC08 test cycle. Back to the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, the hydrogen storage tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes, which is about the same time it takes to fill up gasoline vehicles. A 130 kW (174 hp) electric motor gives the driver a highly responsive and exhilarating driving experience with excellent quietness.
The Clarity can also be combined with an external power feeding device called the ‘Power Exporter 9000’ to use the vehicle as a “power plant” in emergency situations like, during a disaster. The Japanese manufacturer claims that the Clarity FCV can supply power to an average household for a total of seven days.
The Clarity Fuel Cell unveiled at the show is the planned production model and will become available for leases sales in Japan in March 2016, at a cost of ¥7.66 million (~US$63,395). It will be offered in three body colours, namely – Premium Brilliant Garnet Metallic, While Orchid Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl.