The Honda Clarity Hydrogen Fuel Cell car, a rival to the Toyota Mirai, is set to arrive in Europe by the end of 2016. With an EPA driving range of 366 miles giving it the best range rating of any electric vehicle without a combustion engine, including fuel cell and all-electric vehicles, in the United States.
An EPA rating unlike the European standard NEDC range calculations, is closer to what is achievable in the real-world.
The Clarity Fuel Cell is the first fuel cell car to house the entire drivetrain under the bonnet of the car. Honda has reduced the size of the fuel cell stack by 33 percent whilst increasing power density by 60 percent, compared to the Honda FCX Clarity.
Thanks to the compact fuel cell stack and integrated powertrain, Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell is able to offer a more spacious cabin with seating for five people. The Toyota Mirai is limited to four passengers with a boot space hindered by a hydrogen storage tank.
In Europe, Honda will be introducing the Clarity Fuel Cell to a limited number of European markets through the HyFIVE program to promote the development, use and viability of a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
Together with industry partners, Honda is looking to gather real world user experiences of fuel cell vehicles and the use of hydrogen refuelling stations. The first units of the Clarity Fuel Cell will be arriving in Europe before the end of the year.