Automotive expert Lauren Fix, The Car Coach® and Paul Brian review the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell.
2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
3 green powertrains in a premium 5-passenger sedan, Clarity offer fuel cell, battery plug-in and plug-in hybrid.
Hydrogen offer longer range and Zero emissions.
BEV – battery EV is a plug-in for commuters and HOV access.
PHEV – long range and minimize emissions.
No single technology or propulsion is the answer. Fuel cell have the greatest long-range potential if you don’t want to burn fossil fuels.
Honda’s goal is to electrify vehicles to make-up of Honda global sales by 2030.
2017 Honda Clarity Plug-In –
50-states, 40-mile range and a 300 mile range with both power trains.
2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell –
Performance, range and quick refueling times. Current infrastructure in CA and growing to other states starting in the NE states (NY, NJ, CT and MA).
The Honda Fuel Cell technology was under research since the late 1980s. First vehicle available for individuals – 2008 FCX Clarity, but there were a few issues that have been addressed so customers aren’t giving up what they want and need.
The hydrogen fuel cell holds 3.1kW/L which allows for a single power train assembly and not impacting interior and cargo space. This lighter compact design leads to longer range.
Comfortable back seats and room for 5-passengers and great leg and head room too.
Front and rear air curtains that is built in to the rear doors allow for a car with less drag and better fuel economy.
Inside – advanced modern interior, digital graph meter that is similar to a gas gauge. The head up display and high definition 8-inch wide display offers good visibility, Android Auto, Apple Car Play, navigation, Home Link and HondaLink to send and receive information to your vehicle from a remote location.
Quiet driving with linear acceleration. 174 hp / 221 lb./ft of torque with a. Maximum rpm of 13,000, top speed 103 mph.
Normal or Sport MODES give a different feel of direct power and improved response.
Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System,with radar and cameras; plus more Honda safety technologies.
Colors: Black, white and red metallic. Interior: platinum grey and black leather.
Remember the tail pipe only emits water.
On sale: December 19, 2016
Lease Pricing: $369/mo with $15k in fuel
20,000 miles / year
CA offers $5000/rebate
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Aired: April 6, 2017
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