Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Promises to Be as Easy to Own as a Gas-Powered Car

Jodi Lai
by Jodi Lai

Honda took the wraps off its Clarity Fuel Cell sedan at the Tokyo Motor Show, a hydrogen-powered car that Honda promises will be as easy to drive and operate as a regular gas car.

As a production car and not a concept, the Clarity signals Honda’s commitment to alternative powertrains. The five-seat sedan is powered by a fuel cell stack that is 33 percent smaller, but has a 60 percent higher output density. Honda says this fuel cell stack is about the same size as a typical V6 engine, meaning it could be stored under the hood of a car and not under the passenger seats or in the trunk.

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Honda says the zero-emissions Clarity can travel up to 435 miles on a single tank of hydrogen and that the car can be fully refuelled in about three minutes. Honda promises a “highly responsive and exhilarating driving experience and excellent quietness at the same time.” The car can also generate electricity and be used as a generator in times of disaster or power outages.

The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will be available for lease in Japan starting in March 2016. There is no word yet on if it will make its way over to North America.

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Jodi Lai
Jodi Lai

Jodi has been obsessed with cars since she was little and has been an automotive journalist for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and a jury member for the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY). Besides hosting videos, and writing news, reviews and features, Jodi is the Editor-in-Chief of and takes care of the site's day-to-day operations.

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  • Johnls39 . Johnls39 . on Oct 29, 2015

    Although interesting technology, man this is one ugly appliance.

  • Timothyhood Timothyhood on Oct 29, 2015

    With a sound refueling infrastructure in place, fuel cell vehicles could make a significant impact in alternative fuel vehicle sales, particularly in market areas where battery-powered vehicles don't perform as well. For example, cold climates. Honda could start with the famous "First Five" states and expand from there.