Honda will beg in delivering its Clarity Fuel Cell sedan in late 2016 through select California dealers in Los Angeles, Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento, the automaker announced while unveiling the car at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Eventually, Honda will expand the scope of its marketing to additional California markets and other states, including the Northeast, as hydrogen refueling networks expand.
The Clarity’s fuel cell stack is 33% more compact than its predecessor with a 60% increase in power density compared to the outgoing Honda FCX Clarity. The more compact fuel cell powertrain, which is comparable in size to a V-6 engine, fits entirely under the hood, allowing for a spacious cabin with seating for five passengers. The new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will feature a driving range estimated to exceed 300 miles, and an anticipated refueling time of about three minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa.
The company also announced that the platform underpinning the Clarity Fuel Cell will serve as the foundation for a next-generation Honda plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that will launch nationwide by 2018. It will offer more than triple the all-electric range of the Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan.
This will be a new volume production vehicle in the Honda line up available nationwide. Featuring a second iteration of the two-motor hybrid plug-in system with significant improvements in battery capacity and power, the next-generation Honda PHEV will offer more than triple the 13-mile all-electric range of the Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. This range will enable a zero emissions commute for the average American, while increases in power will enable EV operation at highway speeds.
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