Honda has attempted thrice to develop a fuel cell vehicle, the FCX 2002 being the first and FCX 2008 being the second attempt. These limited editions were only sold in Californian state. This year, the sale will inaugurate in Japan from March 2016.
Honda Clarity is an innovative concept, tinkered by Honda Corporation for years. Honda has invested heavily in fuel cell vehicles for decades. It’s unveiling its latest fuel-cell car for spring 2016. Clarity Fuel Cell is a comfy 4-door sedan, with orthodox styling. With new optimizations, Honda Clarity is powered with a 174-horsepower engine with 221 lb-ft of torque. The latest Honda Clarity delivers a decent drive. It’s powerful, comfortable and delivers a net range of 400 miles; it’s apt for long drives. Hydrogen stations are still rare on public roads. As mentioned earlier, slated for release in United Kingdom, fuel-cell filling stations are just 11 as of yet. It will still take a decade or so for them to make a mark on world automotive market.
Electricity Production Procedure
Electricity is created by mixing compressed hydrogen with oxygen, with water is as a by-product. The resulting electricity is diverted into lithium-ion battery (underneath front seats), onto electrically powered front wheels. Analogous to its rivals, Honda combines natural oxygen from atmosphere with hydrogen stored in tanks for generating the necessary wattage. At present, it supersedes Nissan Leaf and Toyota Mirai in terms of mileage.
The steering is feathery light, as it takes sharp corners with practiced ease. Honda hasn’t revealed the exact weight of this vehicle, but it’s certainly not designed for race-track use. With a conventional cabin feel and overalls, driving a fuel cell car takes an hour to get acquainted to.
Honda Clarity doesn’t require supplementary skills to drive. It’s comparable to Nissan Leaf in terms of performance and speed. Driving Honda Clarity is relatively simplistic with brakes, activating the starter button, followed by several beeps.*
Honda Clarity 2016 is an eco-friendly vehicle, producing electricity and water as by-product. The fuel cell stack is one-third size of its predecessor is factory fitted under the hood. As a result, the room for hydrogen tanks increases, a large one and one smaller situated under the seats. The dual cell-pack delivers a combined range of 435 miles. 174 horsepower engine is ideal for domestic purposes. Moreover, the electrically generated torque delivers a stimulating rush. The distinctive sound generated due to exhaust from fuel cell is unpleasant.
The size of the fuel cell stack has been reduced by 33% compared to previous FCX versions. It facilitates a spacious cabin for five passengers, compared to Toyota’s capacity of four. Honda supersedes Toyota and Nissan in terms of mileage and passenger space. The dashboard is equipped with Honda’s personalized infotainment system. The climate controls are reminiscent of Honda Civic. The rear seats have adequate passenger space, too. Three adults can sit with somewhat difficulty; it’s more apt for adolescents. As of yet, the load area’s dimensions are undisclosed, it publicly maintains that it’s apt for mild storage.
· Zero pollution
· Prolonged eco-friendly drive
· Quite expensive compared to normative mini-cars
· Rare fuel stations*