Honda, the Japanese automaker, has started the sales of the all-new fuel cell vehicle (FCV), the Clarity Fuel Cell. The company would begin with small-volume production at the Production Supervisory Unit and Powertrain Production Supervisory Unit, which are located in Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi, Japan. It is being learnt that Honda is planning to introduce the Clarity Fuel Cell to Europe and the U.S. before the end of 2016. It is priced at 7,660,000 yen (around Rs. 45 Lakhs).
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s first five-passenger sedan type FCV. It comes with a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank installed for providing a cruising range of approximately 750 kms. Just to add to your knowledge, it marks an increase of approximately 30% compared to the previous FCV model. Offering maximum level of convenience, the hydrogen tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes. The maximum power output and peak torque performance available through the electric motor are 174bhp and 300Nm, respectively. In addition, in combination with a portable external power output device, the Power Exporter 9000, which also went on sale today, Clarity Fuel Cell can function as a “power source on wheels” that is capable of supplying approximately seven-days’ worth of electricity for an average household.
For the first year of the Clarity Fuel Cell launch in Japan, Honda will focus on lease sales mainly to local government bodies or businesses Honda has already been working with for the popularization of FCVs. During this period, Honda will collect information about the in-market use of the Clarity Fuel Cell as well as the external power output device and gather diverse opinions and requests from customers and other relevant organizations, and then later begin sales to individual customers. The company is targeting 200 units for sale in the first year in Japan. For those wondering, Honda's first fuel cell vehicle, the Honda FCX Clarity, went on sale in Japan and the U.S. In 2008.