First Six Customers for Honda’s Latest Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car
Operated Previous Version of the Zero-Emission Vehicle as Well,
Honda Pledges to Expand Clarity Line with Plug-In Electric Vehicles
American Honda is trumpeting the first deliveries, in Southern California, of its zero-emission, five-passenger, Clarity Fuel Cell sedan for 2017. Half a dozen customers previously leased Honda’s second-generation fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity FCX.
One of them, Jon Spallino, is on his third hydrogen car from Honda, having started with the 2005 FCX.
Honda announced the competitive introductory lease price of $369 per month in November (F&F, November 18). The lease package includes $15,000 worth of hydrogen fuel. Honda notes too that Clarity Fuel Cell sedan drivers are eligible for California “White Sticker” single-occupant HOV access.
The Clarity Fuel Cell sedan boasts a federal EPA driving range rating of 366 miles, “highest of all zero-emission vehicles in the U.S.,” with a and fuel economy rating of 68 combined MPGe/miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent.
In addition to Spallino, a private securities investor and the “world’s first fuel cell vehicle individual customer,” yesterday’s recipients of the new hydrogen car are
- Jack Cusick, assistant principal of Newport Harbor High School;
- Jackie Keller, founder of NutriFit, LLC healthy meal services;
- Jim Salomon, president at Questar Construction;
- Karen Thorp, deputy district attorney for the County of Los Angeles; and
- Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Retail leasing of the Clarity Fuel Cell is being made available via an expanded network of 12 approved dealerships located in select California markets, including six dealerships in Southern California, five in the Bay Area, and one in Sacramento. Honda says it “will further develop its fuel cell vehicle dealer network as the network of public hydrogen fueling stations expands across the state.”
Clarity Line to Include Plug-Ins
“The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell has arrived as the next big leap forward in electric drive mobility, with next-generation style, fun-to-drive performance and customer comfort,” American Honda environmental business development VP Steve Center said in yesterday’s release.
“In the year ahead,” he said, “we will continue the rollout of the new Clarity series of electrified vehicles, to include battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models.”
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