The 2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell has gone on sale at a handful of dealerships in California.
Set to be sold alongside the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric, the Clarity FCV has a polymer electrolyte fuel cell and an electric motor that develops 174 hp (129 kW) and 221 lb-ft (299 Nm) of torque. The model also has a fuel tank which holds 12 lbs (5.46 kg) of hydrogen and this enables the car to travel 366 miles (589 km) between fill ups.
The Clarity FCV will be available as part of a 36 month lease for $369 per month with $2,868 down. The lease includes up to $15,000 worth of hydrogen fuel and an annual mileage allotment of 20,000 miles (32,186 km). Since hydrogen refueling stations aren’t very common, Honda is also throwing in 21 days worth of access to a luxury vehicle from Avis.
The model will be available through 12 Californian dealerships which are concentrated around Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento. Honda hinted additional dealerships could be added in the future as new hydrogen fueling stations are built.
What standard equipment does it come with?
While the fuel cell powertrain has some drawbacks, the Clarity Fuel Cell comes nicely equipped with LED lighting units, rain-sensing wipers and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Moving into the cabin, drivers will find perforated leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats. The model also comes equipped with a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a head-up display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a premium audio system with 12-speakers and a subwoofer. There’s also an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
On the safety front, there’s an assortment of driver assistance systems including forward collision warning, lane departure warning and a collision mitigation system. Other features include adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and lane keeping assist.