The Honda Clarity is available as a fuel cell electric car (FCEV). This means that it generates electricity from a chemical reaction between hydrogen and the air – specifically, the natural air that surrounds us.
Here’s the real trick of it all: It’s as if the Clarity fuel cell car is generating electricity—the energy to drive the car—from nothing. But like many times in life, things that seem “nothing” are actually quite a lot. Ask any mom. “Oh, it’s nothing,” she would say. The truth is, whether a family meal or a professional letter of recommendation helped you, really took a lot of work.
So the “nothing” of the Honda Clarity is that it is an electric-only car, in some ways, similar to the Chevy Bolt or Tesla Model S TSLA.
One exception: You don’t have it plugged in. both toyota tm,
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There are also hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles.
Instead of plugging the Clarity fuel cell vehicle in, you fill the pressurized tank with hydrogen. The range between fillups is about 366 miles, depending on the terrain and your driving habits.
As a result of the chemical process that creates electricity, the Clarity fuel cell vehicle emits only clean water vapor.
Compared to other electric vehicles, the Clarity has some advantages and disadvantages. As a car, apart from the technology that powers it, the Clarity is pretty good inside with more interior space than cars like Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf NSANY,
and Toyota Mirai. It feels like an upscale Honda Accord in many ways.
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Honda introduced the car to a number of automotive writers at an event in California – many of those writers commented that depending on the interior, the Clarity could be branded as an Acura and no one would question it.
The Clarity is actually the result of several experimental cars dating back to the late 1990s. So, around the same time DJ Cool was clearing his throat, Honda HMC,
The future was solving problems that eventually resulted in a series of FCX vehicles. As we can understand, FCX stands for Fuel Cell Experimental. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing a “V12X” in the back of some Honda or Acura soon. That would probably mean that Honda is working on a 600 horsepower V-12 engine that runs on things people don’t want, like old banana peels, used coffee cups and every single one at Shoney’s breakfast buffet. Commodity – all with very low emissions.
While the Clarity doesn’t make 600 hp, it feels quick. Output is 174 hp. This is similar to the Bolt’s 200 hp and more than many other pure-electric vehicles. The Clarity’s fuel cell also features a one-of-a-kind electric turbocharger that supplies compressed air for improved performance. It sounds cool too.
Honda has a rich racing heritage that continues today through the IndyCar Verizon VZ,
The series boasts several famous teams and drivers such as Tony Kanan, Marco Andretti and Max Chilton. The fact that Honda has some kind of innovative, performance-enhancing technology in an earth-friendly vehicle is really no surprise.
Both Hyundai and Toyota have FCEV vehicles. Both the Hyundai Nexo and the Toyota Mirai are hydrogen-powered electric cars similar to the Honda Clarity. Like Honda, Hyundai and Toyota models are only available for sale in California.
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But the Clarity fuel cell has some notable disadvantages. One is that it requires compressed hydrogen to work. Have you ever seen a hydrogen filling station? No? Well, they do exist – there’s one in Burbank, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, several in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one in West Los Angeles. Notice something about all these cities? They are all in California – 26 stations with the other 10 arriving by the 2017-2018 calendar year.
That’s bad news – the Honda Clarity fuel sale is only available in California. However, Honda has a Clarity series coming up that will include a battery electric vehicle (BEV) and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Those will be offered outside of California. Honda says its decision to sell the fuel cell version of the Clarity only in California is based solely on the availability of hydrogen fueling stations. As more stations are built, they will reevaluate the viability of the expansion.
It is completely justified. Imagine if Arizona did crazy things like not honoring Martin Luther King Day or making it illegal for a donkey to sleep in a bathtub or, more specifically, insisting that all cars run on coconut cream pie — too. All automakers will stop selling gasoline-powered cars in that state.
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But there’s also a little secret here: Honda has spent a lot of time and money on the Clarity’s fuel cell to make it fit under the hood of a normal-ish-looking sedan. The whole thing has been repackaged so that it now takes up as much space as a Honda V-6 gasoline engine. Honda didn’t do all that just because they could sell the entire car in just one state. I suspect the compact fuel cell they developed will start powering a lot of other things, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Honda is currently testing hydrogen fuel cell powered SUVs, minivans, factories, yachts, or anything else. Which needs a clean power source.
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Interested in driving Honda Clarity Fuel Cell? Here is the basic information:
Cars are available to lease at $369 per month. This includes 20,000 miles per year.
Owners get 21 days of luxury car rentals if their travel needs take them away from hydrogen stations.
Owners receive a fuel allowance of $15,000, which is, essentially, free fuel for the length of the lease.
this story originally ran Autotrader.com.