Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Hydrogen fuel cell cars face obstacle: few fueling stations

Hydrogen fuel cell cars face obstacle: few fueling stations

Honda pegs Clarity EV Level 2 charge time at slightly more than three hours and, when using Level 3 (480V) DC fast-charging, 30 minutes. With a full 2.5-hour recharge, the battery pack supplies enough juice for 42 miles of pure electric range before the gasoline engine needs to step in and extend the total range to over 330 miles.

A key metric for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is how far it can go on electric power alone before the gasoline engine kicks in for power or to generate electricity. Honda said it hopes the Clarity family will help quintuple its sales of electrified vehicles over the next four years, at which point it hopes to have moved 75,000 of the cars in the U.S. By 2030, Honda expects its electrified models (including a forthcoming dedicated hybrid model to replace the Insight) will comprise two-thirds of the company's worldwide sales. In Canada, the vehicle is likely to be closer to $40,000 as Honda is stressing the affordability of its two new electrics.

The 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid relies on a 181-hp electric motor with 232 lb-ft of torque for driving power.

However, the advantage of size and premium feel is eliminated by the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.

The fuel-cell model, debuting in NY as a forest green color, will be available this supper. Specifically, it's targeting a USA sales goal of 75,000 Clarity models over the first four model years.

The customers are able to choose from fuel cell variant, electrified variant, and plug-in hybrid variant.

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Honda expects the EPA efficiency rating to be 105 MPGe, which the company says is "top of its class" among plug-in hybrids. It will also provide them with greater choice of choosing Clarity line up due to its offered variety.

The four-door has four selectable modes - Normal, Econ, Sport, and HV - which change the vehicle's dynamics depending on how adventurous or efficient you want to drive. Instead, it gets power by running hydrogen gas through a "fuel cell stack" in which the hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air. Conrad also said that over the next two years, more than half of the new models Honda introduces in the United States will be "electrified vehicles of one kind or another".

Honda took a bit of a hiatus from EVs after discontinuing the Fit EV a few years ago, so news of a new electric offering is naturally exciting. Even the Electric's availability seems reluctant, as it will only be sold in California and OR to begin.

The other issue is range anxiety. Subject to availability beginning December 2016 to California residents on approved credit through Honda Financial Services. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear, and 20 cents per mile over 20,000 miles per year.

The Clarity leases for $369 per month for 36 months.

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