Automaker Targets a Monthly Lease Price of Less than $500
For Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Late This Year Starting in California,
Car to Be the Basis for a Plug-In Hybrid for U.S. Launch by 2018
Honda will offer the five-passenger, zero-emission hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell sedan at an “expected price around $60,000 with a targeted monthly lease under $500,” the company said today.
The vehicle is to launch in California before the end of 2016, Honda said. The next-generation fuel cell vehicle will provide “significant gains in packaging, interior space and real-world performance,” compared with the Clarity FCX, “including an anticipated driving range in excess of 300 miles.”
“Additionally,” Honda said, “the platform underpinning the Clarity Fuel Cell will serve as the base for a next-generation Honda plug-in hybrid to launch in the U.S. by 2018.” The new plug-in will be a “50-state car.”
Honda said it expects “limited volumes in the early stages of production” for the hydrogen car, with deliveries to begin through certified fuel cell vehicle dealers in Los Angeles and Orange counties as well as the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.
“The company will start by leasing vehicles and expects to move to retail sales with increased volumes and market coverage coincident with increasing vehicle supplies and the growing hydrogen refueling station network,” states a release.
“The new Clarity Fuel Cell and Accord Hybrid arriving this year, along with the new plug-in hybrid coming by 2018, are critical steps toward a new generation of Honda advanced environmental vehicles and a true volume pillar for Honda and our product portfolio in the U.S.,” American Honda executive VP John Mendel said in today’s announcement.
‘Performance, Utility, Range’
“The Clarity Fuel Cell is a potential game-changer,” he said, “because it offers an uncompromising, zero emissions customer experience, with performance, utility, range and refueling time on par with today’s gasoline-powered cars.”
The new fuel cell car will have a fuel cell stack 33% more compact than its predecessor with a 60% increase in power density. “The more compact fuel cell and integrated powertrain, comparable in size to a V-6 engine, now fits entirely under the hood of the car, allowing for a more spacious cabin with seating for five passengers.
“The new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will feature a driving range estimated to exceed 300 miles, with an anticipated refueling time of approximately three to five minutes.”
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