Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Debuts In Tokyo
Honda unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show its brand new, production-ready hydrogen fuel cell car – the Clarity Fuel Cell, announced earlier this month.
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will enter the market next year, but the production plan – at least according to Nikkei – at 400 units a year (1,500 in 2020) is too small to even consider it as an alternative to Toyota Mirai.
Clarity Fuel Cell is important because the Japanese manufacturer intends to introduce all-electric and plug-in hybrid versions, and the PHEV will have up to 40 miles of electric range.
Honda differs from the Toyota Mirai, as the downsized FC powertrain is under the hood and the number of seats is 5.
There is a 70 MPa pressure hydrogen tank for up to 700 km (435 miles) range on the highly optimistic JC08 test cycle (slightly more than Mirai).
Motor power stands at 130 kW, while the hydrogen fuel cells stack can deliver 100 kW. The rest of the power we believe will come in for short periods of acceleration from a small lithium-ion battery.
The price in Japan is 7.66 million yen (including consumption tax) – $63,400.
“The all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL fuses the ease of use of a gasoline-powered vehicle and values that are unique to a FCV at a high level. This fusion gives this sedan-type FCV high value and potential to set a benchmark for FCVs now and in the future.
Employing original Honda technologies, the fuel cell stack for this model was downsized by 33% compared to the previous version of the fuel cell stack and yet output of more than 100kW and output density of 3.1kW/L*1 – approximately a 60% improvement – were achieved. The fuel cell powertrain was made as compact as a V6 engine*2, and thus it was made possible to consolidate it under the hood of a sedan-type vehicle for the first time in the world*3. This powertrain layout enabled a full cabin package that seats five adults comfortably .”
“Combined with improved efficiency of the powertrain and a reduced energy requirement for driving, a 70MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank installed to this vehicle provides a cruising range of more than 700 km*4(Honda internal measurement – for reference), the top-class cruising range among all FCVs. The tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes*5, realizing ease of use equivalent to that of a gasoline-powered vehicle. Furthermore, the high-output motor with maximum output of 130kW*1 realizes both direct, highly-responsive and exhilarating driving experience and excellent quietness at the same time. In addition, when combined with an external power feeding device, the Power Exporter 9000, the all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL can function as a “power plant on wheels” that generates and provides electricity to the community in times of a disaster or other events.
Honda will begin lease sales in Japan of this all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL in March 2016. For the first year after the start of sales in Japan, Honda will focus on sales mainly to local government bodies or business customers which Honda has already been working together for the popularization of FCVs. During this period, Honda will collect information about the in-market use situation, including the external power feeding device, and gather diverse opinions from customers and other relevant organizations, then later begin sales to individual customers.
Honda will begin with small-volume production at the Production Supervisory Unit and Powertrain Production Supervisory Unit (located in Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi, Japan.), then eventually expand production volume and begin regular sales along with lease sales. The sales price*6 of CLARITY FUEL CELL in Japan will be 7.66 million yen (including consumption tax). The Power Exporter 9000, which has the capacity to feed approximately seven-days’ worth*7 of electricity for an average household, is scheduled to go on sale at the same time as the CLARITY FUEL CELL. CLARITY FUEL CELL will be sequentially evolved into the U.S. and Europe.”
“Honda was one of the first automakers to begin focusing attention to hydrogen as a possible solution for issues such as global warming and depletion of fossil fuels. Honda has been positioning the FCV, which emits only water, as the ultimate environmentally-responsible vehicle and has taken a proactive approach to the research and development of FCVs since the late 1980s.
In 2002, the Honda FCX became the first fuel cell vehicle in the world to be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). With these certifications, Honda began lease sales of the Honda FCX in Japan and the U.S. In 2008, Honda became the first automaker to begin lease sales of the FCX Clarity, which featured an innovative sedan-type package and unprecedented driving experience. The all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL was developed based on various data related to the ease of use and driving performance of these previous Honda FCVs.”
Beside the car and the Power Exporter 9000, Honda presented its Smart Hydrogen Station:
“With the goal to make a contribution to the forthcoming hydrogen energy society and to realize the joy and freedom of mobility and a sustainable society where people can enjoy life, Honda will continue taking on new challenges in the area of hydrogen technologies including the Smart Hydrogen Station, FCVs and external power feeding devices under the concept of “generate, use and get connected.”
Number of occupants 5 Cruising range (reference) More than 700km*4 (Honda internal measurement while being driven in JC 08 Mode Refueling time Approximately 3 minutes*5 FC maximum output More than 100kW FC stack output density 3.1kW/L*1 Motor maximum output 130kW Hydrogen maximum filling pressure 70MPa Energy storage Lithium-ion battery Vehicle size (length X width X height) 4,895mmx1,875mmx1,475mm Price*6 (reference) 7.66 million yen (including consumption tax)
- Body color (total 3 colors)
-Premium Brilliant Garnet Metallic (Roof color: Black / Interior color: Platinum Gray)
-While Orchid Pearl (Roof color: Black / Interior color: Platinum Gray)
-Crystal Black Pearl (Interior color: Platinum Gray)
- *1Honda internal measurement
- *2Honda 3.5L V6 engine
- *3Among planned production models of sedan-type vehicle, Honda internal research as of October 2015
- *4Honda internal measurement in JC08 mode and after refueling the vehicle at a hydrogen station with charging pressure of 70 MPa which comply with SAE standards (J2601). The cruising range may vary when the vehicle is refueled at hydrogen station with different specifications, as amount of hydrogen put in the tank will vary depending on the specifications of hydrogen station. The cruising range may also vary significantly depending on conditions of usage (ambient temperature, traffic congestion, etc.) and how the vehicle is driven (sudden starts, use of air-conditioning unit, etc.)
- *5Honda internal measures using 70MPa station in the exterior temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Time required for refueling may vary depending on conditions.
- *6This model is currently available exclusively for lease sales. The lease price varies depending on lease terms and plans etc.
- *7Calculated based on the average daily electricity consumption by an average household (Researched by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan)