Honda Clarity Fuel Cell At The 2015 LA Auto Show

2 years ago by Mark Kane 15

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell came to the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show right from Japan, and the delivery/prep team didn’t even manage to switch the wheel to the right left side yet.

As you can see in the video below, new Clarity looks decent, but all those who opt for the hydrogen fuel cell Honda need to wait about a year because the  Japanese company won’t start sales until late 2016 in California.

The Clarity Fuel Cell seats five and will get a total range of approximately 300 miles (EPA).

It will be especially interesting to compare performance and price of Clarity Fuel Cell with the announced Honda plug-in hybrid. PHEV version is to have 40 miles all-electric range and will be based on the Clarity.

Nationwide launch of the Honda PHEV is expected by 2018 and we hope that the third all-electric version (promised by Honda) will follow without much delay.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

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15 responses to "Honda Clarity Fuel Cell At The 2015 LA Auto Show"

  1. ffbj says:

    I like the way it looks. Too bad they had to ruin it by putting a fuel cell in it.

    1. jerryd says:

      I agree. Why do other Asian cars have to look so ugly?
      And as the FC version is just a really stupid idea with no one going to buy them with $14/gal/kg fuel.
      That alone makes it DOA.

  2. It will make a nice BEV and PHEV.

  3. David Murray says:

    Looks better than the Mirai. I hope this is the platform they make into a nice PHEV.

    1. SJC says:

      FCHEV, more batteries, smaller fuel cell.

  4. DonC says:

    Not impressed with the interior but Honda has definitely stepped it up on the exterior design front. This is a nice looking car. Not cool. Not cute. Just nice clean lines with a bit more pizzazz than you might get in a German model.

  5. Ian says:

    It’s funny how every car company all of a sudden, just happens to have a hydrogen full cell vehicle to pull out of their closet and show the public. They have been pumping fuel into vehicles to long to know when to change. Fool cells might be a great fuel for farm equipment where farmers could process their own fuel saving farmers money or for Big rigs for long haul or remote locations. I’m sure the public will be conned into these vehicles. One step forward two steps back

  6. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “…all those who opt for the hydrogen fuel cell Honda need to wait about a year because the Japanese company won’t start sales until late 2016 in California.”

    It’s good that they’ll have an entire year to come to their senses.

    “If only the world weren’t governed by the unfair and cruel laws of thermodynamics and economics, the hydrogen economy could rule the world.” –- HVACman, comment at InsideEVs.com, July 8, 2015

  7. mustang_sallad says:

    I like how Honda is setting out to highlight the very comparison that so often gets forgotten in the EV vs FCEV debate. PHEVs in general always get left out of discussions that so often focus on range and charging limitations of EVs. I always point to the Chevy Volt compared to the Mirai, but Honda apparently wants to make it even more obvious that a PHEV is a more sensible solution for anyone who can’t cope with the constraints of a pure EV. I suspect the FCEV Clarity will get the attention, bring people into the dealer, and the PHEV will seal the deal. By the time the FCEV does make sense, we’ll have a bunch of PHEV drivers asking themselves why they wouldn’t just keep plugging their car in at home and avoid the H2 stations altogether.

  8. Ian says:

    I would be impressed if John Deere came out with a tractor that uses hydrogen. That would be newsworthy.

  9. MDEV says:

    The rear look like a Pontiac Aztek

  10. EVcarNut says:

    YUK!

  11. Evdrive says:

    Yawn. I wonder if you will be able to plug in the hydrogen version like the plug hybrid? If this would go 50 miles on plug in battery electricity power before you had to use hydrogen, that would be interesting. As is, yawn.

  12. pjwood1 says:

    If the extended range H2 PHEV comes still comes with stand-by home generation abilities, it will be something interesting to see. There’s little reason these cars have to be limited to inverting 1,000-1,500 watts, for their output.