New 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

After five minutes or less at the station, you’re back on the road. Pumping hydrogen is really the only odd part of the Clarity experience. A 1.7-kWh battery pack mounted below the front seats acts as a buffer for the fuel cell and provides added juice when accelerating hard. It’s not a large battery, so you could consider the Clarity a hybrid in the sense that it draws from two distinct sources of power and has regenerative braking, even though it is always motivated by its electric motor. When driving the Clarity, there’s no discernible difference whether the motor is getting its electrons from the battery or the fuel cell. Depleting the small battery doesn’t take long, but it’s quickly and quietly recharged by the fuel cell.

It’s not pretty but the honda clarity is a vision of the future its space capsule shape serves as proof of a collective subconscious among forward-thinking car designers stretching as far back as hudson like the hudson coordinate there’s even twin each power under the hood but in the case of the clarity the twin h refers to hydrogen molecules hydrogen is the most

Abundant element in the universe but bottling h2 on planet earth requires energy hydrogen can be isolated in many ways and how the hydrogen is created and distributed determines the overall environmental impact of a hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle in the best-case scenario the hydrogen comes from splitting a water molecules covalent bond using electricity from

A renewable power source that is piped and are made at the filling station in that situation a fuel cell car theoretically could be more efficient than a battery electric vehicle but the reality isn’t usually that rosie often hydrogen comes from the less efficient process of separating hydrogen from natural gas which then requires it to be trucked or piped to

The station fill er up filling the clarity with hydrogen isn’t any more difficult than pumping gasoline into an accord although finding a hydrogen station may prove impossible outside of the los angeles basin or the san francisco bay area like a conventional japanese car the clarity’s fuel filler is under a flap on the left rear fender lock the nozzle over the

Cars filler neck and after a few seconds the station’s pump begins to whirring grumble as it fills the two aluminum line composite reinforced tanks a larger 131 gallon hides behind the rear seatbacks and a smaller one six gallons is mounted under the rear seat cushion at ten thousand pounds per square inch the hold five point five kilograms of hydrogen roughly

Equal in energy to five point five gallons of gasoline in our experience that provided a range of about 300 miles in the pa testing the clarity did better posting a 366 mile range similarly the epa quotes a 68 which combined number we didn’t match the epa figure we almost never do recording 57 which after five minutes or less at the station you were back on the

Road pumping hydrogen is really the only odd part of the clarity experience but 1.7 kilowatt hour battery pack mounted below the front seats acts as a buffer for the fuel cell and provides added juice when accelerating hard it’s not a large battery so you could consider the clarity a hybrid in the sense that it draws from two distinct sources of power and has

Regenerative braking even though it is always motivated by its electric motor when driving the clarity there’s no discernible difference whether the motor is getting its electrons from the battery or the fuel cell depleting the small battery doesn’t take long but it’s quickly and quietly recharged by the fuel cell view photos if you’ve driven a modern electric car

Like the nissan leaf or the volkswagen e-golf the clarity holds few surprises a 174 horsepower motor turns the front wheels and has 221 pounds two foot of torque providing the nice snap of initial acceleration response we’ve come to associate with electrics a zero to 60 mile per hour time of eight point one seconds won’t have anyone thinking sports sedan but it’s

Quicker than its lone rival the toyota mirai which is 0.8 seconds slower 260 acura environs the clarity is also a lot nicer inside than them right it seats five comfortably to them rise for most controls and the touchscreen will be familiar to honda owners but the decor is attractive and rich enough to call accurate duty which isn’t much of a stretch considering

The clarity costs fifty nine thousand three hundred sixty-five dollars before government incentives and the refinement goes beyond the interior a solid structure and supple suspension give the clarity a luxury car feel that member i can’t touch driving the clarity after the mirai is like getting into a lexus es350 after a toyota corolla to view photos light and

Quick steering gives the illusion that the clarity is smaller and more animated than it’s 4,000 148 pounds suggests while it’s never as lively or fun as the similarly sized but much lighter accord the clarity is composed insecure when you start exploring its admittedly ho-hum 0.79 grams of cornering grip stops from 70 miles per hour however measured along 194

Feet in less strenuous use the brake pedal is accurate and firm but in hard panic stops the pedal becomes spongy at the moment honda is offering a 36 month lease with 20,000 miles per year for three hundred $69 per month with two thousand four hundred $99 down that’s $20 more per month than toyotas current and release with the same down payment but the toyota

Leads allows only 12,000 miles per year both honda and toyota offered 21 days of luxury car rental for when you need to venture somewhere that can’t be reached on hydrogen the promise of a carpool lane admission sticker in the available federal or state rebates and most important $15,000 worth of free fuel during our drive we saw a price range of $9.99 to 16

Dollars and 47 cents for a kilogram of hydrogen provided those prices remain the same that be enough complementary fuel for roughly 60,000 miles the mileage cap of the lease for this vision of the future to have a future of course would require a build-out of the hydrogen infrastructure beyond its current twin-california nexuses of los angeles and san francisco

A prospect that is far from the certain the clarity for its part seems ready now

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