Piloted by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, the all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell took a lap of honour at the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO as an opener to the race itself, immediately preceding the presentation of the F1 drivers and the playing of Monaco’s national anthem.
Prince Albert II, accompanied by Princess Charlene and a representative from the FIA took to the 2 mile circuit around the compact streets of Monte Carlo. The choice of vehicle is rather fitting as the Prince is an advocate of sustainability, promoting renewable energies and ways to minimise our effects of climate change through the work of his foundation.
The principality, neighbouring France, encourages the use of public transport and the adoption of low emission vehicles with the Palace recently taking delivery two all-electric Nissan e-NV200 cars.
The arrival of the new Clarity Fuel Cell in Europe is a key part of Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’, announced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which aims to have electrified powertrains in two-thirds of its cars sold in Europe by 2025.
The Honda Clarity is powered by 103kW fuel cell stack that is small enough to be housed under the bonnet rather than in the underfloor area, which creates more space for the cabin. The result is a fuel cell saloon capable of seating five occupants in comfort, with its closest rival, the Toyota Mirai only carrying four.
The Clarity Fuel Cell also provides the longest maximum driving range rating of any zero-emission vehicle offering approximately 403 miles of range when using NEDC conditions, more than any current Tesla.
Honda will run a dedicated fleet of new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles in European demonstration projects until 2022, showcasing its advanced fuel cell leadership, as well as the car‘s impressive real-world performance.