Honda Pledges New Clarity Car, DoE Pledges $30 Million
Advocates of hydrogen as a vehicle fuel and hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric drivelines are gearing up for tomorrow, October 8, as National Hydrogen Day, “aptly chosen,” says the U.S. Department of Energy, for hydrogen’s atomic weight of 1.008.
DoE is moving to invest an additional $30 million to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, while Honda pledged to bring its all-new Clarity fuel cell sedan to market by year-end, “beginning with retail leasing to customers in select California markets.”
The new Clarity boasts a fuel cell stack that’s 33% more compact with a 60% increase in power density compared to the outgoing Honda FCX Clarity. “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.”