Honda Clarity Fuel Cell To Lease For “Under $500” Per Month In U.S.

JAN 22 2016 BY MARK KANE 33

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda announced plans to begin sales of its hydrogen fuel cell Clarity Fuel Cell in the U.S. before the end of 2016.

The latest FCV will not be available nationwide or even California-wide as the Japanese manufacturer “expects limited volumes in the early stages of production“.  Well, that and there is little-to-no hydrogen refueling stations in the state, as Toyota recently found out by having to halt sales at some of their dealerships while waiting on more to be constructed.

Deliveries will begin at certified fuel cell vehicle dealers in Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.

Honda didn’t set prices yet, but expects an MSRP of around $60,000 and a targeted monthly lease under $500.

It seems that there will be no option to buy these cars, at least not in 2016:

“The company will start by leasing vehicles and expects to move to retail sales with increased volumes and market coverage coincident with increasing vehicle supplies and the growing hydrogen refueling station network.”

Toyota Mirai, for comparison, began its future from $57,500 or $499 per month/36 month lease option, with $3,649 due at lease signing. With federal and state incentives of up to of $13,000, Toyota stated an effective price of $45,000.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

The offer from Honda seems similar. The Clarity Fuel Cell is a five-seater though, while Mirai seats only 4. Range exceeds 300 miles on full tank, then you’ll have to find a scarce 70 MPa pressure refueling station.

Honda repeated that by 2018 it will launch a plug-in hybrid model based on the Clarity Fuel Cell model.

“The Clarity Fuel Cell anchors an expanding portfolio of advanced environmental Honda vehicles, including a reengineered 2017 Accord Hybrid, going on-sale this spring, and a new Honda Plug-In Hybrid vehicle based on the same platform as the Clarity Fuel Cell, slated for launch by 2018.”

John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. said:

“The new Clarity Fuel Cell and Accord Hybrid arriving this year, along with the new plug-in hybrid coming by 2018, are critical steps toward a new generation of Honda advanced environmental vehicles and a true volume pillar for Honda and our product portfolio in the U.S. The Clarity Fuel Cell is a potential game changer because it offers an uncompromising, zero emissions customer experience, with performance, utility, range and refueling time on par with today’s gasoline-powered cars.”

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell was recently presented at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Given the difficulty of finding a public hydrogen fueling stations which is actually open and actually will sell a full tank of hydrogen fuel, I think Honda should be paying people $500 per month to use their wholly impractical “fool cell” car, so Honda can earn ZEV credits… and not the other way around.

Not a bad idea. Put Mirai advertising stickers on Clarity (Toyota pays Honda drivers) and Clarity advertising stickers on Mirai (Honda pays Toyota drivers), and voila! Pay people to drive FCEV, even better than waivecar’s free SparkEV! 🙂

Rite 0n!

Fuel Cells only make sense if used as a stationary and or back up power source for office buildings and such at a hydrogen manufacturing facility where the availability of hydrogen is known.

I don’t think any FCEV is available in Eureka California.

All FCEV are available in those same metro areas plus the State capital.

Just need home refilling.
CNG cars can be filled this way.

The cost per mile will be crazy high, but at least you’ll have a full tank.

You could make a 120v version which would take many days to fill, but you could do it on the road.

I sure don’t want my neighbors handling highly-pressurized hydrogen. That’s a double risk. A high-pressure can fail catastrophically. Or, a slow leak could happen creating a pocket of hydrogen of gas in a garage . . . boom.

All true.

“Use in well ventilated areas only”


Oh hey… you could just plug the car into the 120v socket directly and skip the whole hydrogen problem (and also use a lot less energy).

Yep. Makes much more sense.

Going the EV route is cheaper, cleaner, more efficient and more convenient.

High pressure.
Highly corrosive to metal.
Explosive and flamable.

Home-anything for hydrogen is out of the question.

Sounds like just another test fleet if you can’t buy out the balance of the lease at the end of the lease term, and actually own the vehicle.

I hope CA taxpayers aren’t forced to pay for more refueling stations as a result of Toyota’s political influence.

Let Toyota build them.

Well, since Toyota decided to move their HQ to Texas, I really don’t think California should help them anymore at all.

Do we really need to cover this ground again?

I will keep my comment simple…


Honda would have been better off developing a 300 mile battery platform, what uses inexpensive electricity that’s actually available in every garage. Which could have brought the price down to at least $40k and a lease under $300.

But now, even at the ‘below $500/mo’ lease rate, Honda has to provide the Hydrogen, that costs much more.

I remember that the previous model offering 210 miles cost over $75 to fill the tank.

While an EV would cost about $5 to travel the same distance. And if the owner has solar panels, it’s all the free power from the sun.

I guess the lease-only model prevents some wise guy from the era of homebuilt EV conversions from ripping out the fuel cell and putting in a battery pack.

At least its better looking than the Mirai. If I had to have a car parked in my garage because there was no where to fuel it, I’d choose this over the Toyota.

Yes, it’s amazing how much nicer this car looks than the Mirai. In fact, if they ripped out the “fool cell” and put in a proper BEV powertrain, I’d be happy to be seen driving this car.

Dear Toyota:

The Honda Clarity shows that, contrary to what your automotive designers apparently think, it is possible to design a car with large air scoops in front, without making it look like a dorkmobile.

I can only conclude that this is the result of a backchannel partnership with a desperate fossil fuel industry.

They are simply delusional.

Under $500 and 500 miles per year because is all you will be able to drive a full feel car not able to fill it up.

Honda sells a fueling station that goes in the garage.

Honda used to sell a natural gas compressor/fueling system for residential applications but discontinued it (at least in the US)

It took a very long time to fill the tank, overnight.

The chances of getting a 10,000 PSI hydrogen compressor / fueling system permitted for a residential garage are vanishingly small.

Take a look at the commercial fueling setback requirements for H2 stations sometime. Regulators are legitimately concerned about safety. There has already been one H2 station fire.

Homeowners insurance rates will go through the roof (no pun intended) with a residential H2 fueling station.

“CO2 emissions for a household using the Home Energy Station are 30% lower than those for an average household using a gasoline-engine car and commercial electricity and heat.”

Yea, where is the “Order Now” button? They have been saying the same story since 2003. At what point do you accept that this isn’t a real product, it is an engineering folly.

They never sold one for hydrogen. They had a concept smart home demonstration, but it never became reality.

7 years ago ITM power said they would commercialize one (a 75 bar / 1000psi unit), but that turned out to be vaporware.

Lol, no they don’t. They made one prototype of that ten years ago with no plans to ever sell it.

They never learn. Tesla showed the way. Mąkę LUXURY SUV.

Price wont matter, while car will shine.

Not that I think FCEVs would be able to compete in same segment AS Model X…

Good test of whether it’d sell is if you’d buy it. Let’s say they have FCEV SUV at $75K, about Tesla X base model with 200 miles range. Would you buy FCEV with 300 miles range and put up with all the hassles of H while X will get you cross country on supercharger? For most, answer would be resounding NO.

$500 a month for a lawn ornament is a bit pricey.

There are 48 hydrogen fueling stations in California with 12 more coming into service this year.