While the industry may be focused on electrification, Honda will be showcasing the U.S. version of the company’s fuel cell vehicle this week in New York. The brand will be taking the wraps off the Clarify Fuel Cell sedan that will be on sale in the U.S. in select markets by the end of 2016.
The Clarity FCV is powered by hydrogen and features a fuel cell stack that is about 33-percent smaller than other fuel cell vehicles on the market, according to Honda. The company also expects the Clarity FCV to achieve a fuel mileage range of above 300 miles once the EPA rates the vehicle later this year. Honda states that it expects refueling time to take between three and five minutes when it’s time to fill it up with hydrogen.
Of course the high-tech powertrain is supplemented with lots of tech features. The Clarity features a new infotainment system with support for Apple Carplay and Android Auto. On the safety side, it features a host of software-based nannies including lane-keeping assist, forward collision alert and adaptive cruise control.
Retail customers in select California markets will be able to acquire the Clarity FCV later this year for a retail price of around $60,000 or a monthly lease rate that Honda says will be “under $500” per month.