We are barely seeing EVs get into the mainstream now, and hot on their heels is hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The latest to be released is the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, which was just launched in Japan with an impressive 466 mile range.
It's not cheap at a price of 7,660,000 yen, or about $67,445. Honda aims to sell 200 in the model's first year on the market.
The US-spec 2017 Clarity is expected to exceed 300 miles of range when rated by the EPA. Filling up should only take 3 minutes.In terms of technical specifications, the vehicle tips the scales at a rather hefty 4,166 pounds (1,890 kilograms) and is driven by a 130 kilowatt motor generating 221 pound-feet (300 newton meters) of torque. It comes equipped with a 70 MPa, 141 liter high-pressure hydrogen tank which grants the vehicle with a cruising range of around 466 miles (750 kilometers), as per Honda’s measurement in the JC08 test cycle.
The Clarity will come to Europe and the US before the end of 2016. In California the model is expected to cost $60,000 and will be available with a "targeted" monthly lease of less than $500.
Do you guys think that fuel cell vehicles will catch on? Are they going to supplant EVs in the medium to long term?