The all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL fuses the ease of use of a gasoline-powered vehicle and values that are unique to a FCV at a high level. This fusion gives this sedan-type FCV high value and potential to set a benchmark for FCVs now and in the future.
Employing original Honda technologies, the fuel cell stack for this model was downsized by 33% compared to the previous version of the fuel cell stack and yet output of more than 100kW and output density of 3.1kW/L – approximately a 60% improvement – were achieved. The fuel cell powertrain was made as compact as a V6 engine, and thus it was made possible to consolidate it under the hood of a sedan-type vehicle for the first time in the world. This powertrain layout enabled a full cabin package that seats five adults comfortably .
Combined with improved efficiency of the powertrain and a reduced energy requirement for driving, a 70MP high-pressure hydrogen storage tank installed to this vehicle provides a cruising range of more than 700 km (Honda internal measurement – for reference), the top-class cruising range among all FCVs. The tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes, realizing ease of use equivalent to that of a gasoline-powered vehicle. Furthermore, the high-output motor with maximum output of 130kW realizes both direct, highly-responsive and exhilarating driving experience and excellent quietness at the same time. In addition, when combined with an external power feeding device, the Power Exporter 9000, the all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL can function as a “power plant on wheels” that generates and provides electricity to the community in times of a disaster or other events.
Honda will have the following Clarity models on display: Clarity PHEV Touring, Clarity FCV, and Clarity BEV.