Honda’s hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show has been confirmed for sale in the United States towards the end of this year. It will arrive as a 2017 model and wear a price tag of around $60,000.
However, the vehicle will only be available to lease customers located in California initially. Honda is targeting a monthly lease below $500. The automaker says it will start selling the vehicle outright as demand picks up and the hydrogen refueling network expanded.
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The car’s main rival is the Toyota Mirai, which is currently available with a starting price of $57,500 or $499 monthly lease. Hyundai also has a Tucson Fuel Cell available for $499 a month, though availability of this model is limited.
The Clarity Fuel Cell is a mid-size sedan whose front axle is driven by an electric motor making 174 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The electricity powering the motor comes from a battery that's charged on the go by a fuel cell stack small enough to be mounted under the hood. With a full tank of hydrogen, Honda says owners will be able to cover more than 300 miles.
By 2018, Honda will offer a plug-in hybrid model based on the platform underpinning the Clarity Fuel Cell. Likely to be called the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, this model will be available in all 50 states and have an electric-only range of more than 39 miles.
For more on the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, see the in-depth coverage over at The Car Connection.