Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Models and Clarity Fuel Cell History
One of the first commercially available fuel cell-powered sedans in the United States, the Honda FCX Clarity debuted as a concept vehicle in 2006 and a road-going model for 2009. Using hydrogen as a fuel source stored in a 5,000-psi holding tank, the fuel processes the fuel into electricity that ultimately propelled the FCX Clarity. Generating about 134 horsepower of output from an electric motor, the 2009 Honda FCX Clarity's range was rated at 280 miles. Only 200 examples of the first Clarity fuel cell vehicle were available globally. For 2017, the new generation Clarity Fuel Cell was introduced boasting more power and a range exceeding 300 miles. Propelled through a 170-horsepower powerplant, the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell features a new aerodynamic shape and includes standard LED exterior lighting, Honda Sensing safety suite as well as 18-inch alloy wheels. Both variants of the Honda fuel cell vehicle have been limited in availability in the United States due to requirements for hydrogen filling stations. As of early 2017, the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle is available to customers only through leasing. In addition to the fuel cell vehicle, the new Honda Clarity will also appear as a plug-in hybrid and electric starting in 2018.