Honda Delivers First Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan In Japan

MAR 26 2016 BY MARK KANE 28

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Delivery Ceremony

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Delivery Ceremony

Honda delivered the first Clarity Fuel Cell car in Japan, out of the first batch of 200 units scheduled for the first year.

Criticism for the hydrogen fuel cell cars probably will be reinforced by the knowledge that the government (in this case the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) is the first customer.

Whether there will be ever market for FCVs, or this is only  a government dream for the  so called “hydrogen society“… only time will tell.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell specifications:

  • range of 750 km (466 miles) under JC08 standards, while EPA rating is expected at some 480 km (300 miles).
  • 70 MPa hydrogen tank
  • 130 kW, 300 Nm AC synchronous motor
  • lithium-ion battery
  • vehicle weight 1,890 kg
  • 5 seats
  • price in Japan 7,660,000 yen ($67,300)

“In an effort to realize the widespread popularization of FCVs, the Clarity Fuel Cell was developed as an FCV featuring both a high level of practicality that represents the “universal value” of an automobile and “cutting-edge appeal” that is suitable for a vehicle that is at the forefront of the times and went on sale on March 10, 2016.”

“The Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s first*1five-passenger sedan type FCV, realized by making the fuel cell powertrain more compact using original Honda technologies and fitting it entirely under the hood of the car. Moreover, the Clarity Fuel Cell provides a cruising range (for reference) of approximately 750 km*2, an increase of approximately 30% compared to the previous FCV model, to achieve the world’s top-class*3cruising range among all zero emission vehicles. This increase in cruising range significantly improved the practicality of this FCV model as an everyday car which can accommodate all driving needs from everyday use to a long-distance driving trip. The hydrogen tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes*4, realizing ease of use equivalent to that of a gasoline-powered vehicle.

  • *1Among planned production models of sedan-type vehicles, Honda internal research as of February 2016
  • *2Honda internal measurement in JC08 mode and after refueling the vehicle at a hydrogen station with charging pressure of 70 MPa under the standard conditions specified in the SAE standards (J2601) (e.g. Ambient temperature of 20 degrees Celsius/68 degrees Fahrenheit; Begin refueling into a high-pressure hydrogen tank with internal pressure of 10 MPa). The cruising range may vary when the vehicle is refueled at hydrogen station with different specifications, as the amount of hydrogen put in the tank will vary depending on the specifications of the hydrogen station. The cruising range is expected to be approximately 800 km when the vehicle is refueled under the same conditions using a hydrogen station that complies with the new standards which will become effective after the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2017. The cruising range also may vary significantly depending on conditions (ambient temperature, traffic congestion, etc.) and how the vehicle is driven (sudden starts, use of air- usage conditioning unit, etc.
    Range calculation based on Japanese JC08 drive cycle; anticipated U.S. EPA range rating to exceed 300 miles.
  • *3Honda internal research as of February 2016
  • *4Honda internal measurement using a hydrogen station with charging pressure of 70 MPa under the standard conditions specified in the SAE standards (J2601) (e.g. Ambient temperature of 20 degrees Celsius/68 degrees Fahrenheit; Begin refueling into a high-pressure hydrogen tank with internal pressure of 10 MPa). Time required for refueling may vary depending on charging pressure and ambient temperature.”
Delivered Clarity Fuel Cell to Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Delivered Clarity Fuel Cell to Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Comments by Mr. Tsuyoshi Hoshino, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry:

“When I got behind the wheel of the Clarity Fuel Cell for the first time today, I felt Honda’s strong passion toward the realization of a hydrogen society. For the popularization of FCVs and hydrogen stations, which will be the key to the realization of a hydrogen society, METI will continue to pursue the joint effort of the public-private partnership by facilitating closer collaboration with automakers such as Honda, along with hydrogen station operators and other stakeholders.”

Comments by Takahiro Hachigo,President, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.:

“It is our pleasure to deliver the first unit of our Clarity Fuel Cell to the METI as part of the integrated public and private efforts to realize a hydrogen society. Honda will contribute to the realization of this hydrogen society by further development of our technologies and offering highly attractive FCVs to our customers at more affordable prices.”

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When do the first boats with the world’s dirtiest coal arrive from New Zealand or Australia to be turned into hydrogen for Japan?

Let’s not forget the potential for good’ole USA to be source of their coal when more coal plants are too expensive to operate here. Hopefully, they’ll realize how awful they (eg. coal ash) can be, if they don’t already know.


I think they deleted the part of the press release about where the hydrogen would come from. Apparently they don’t like to tell people about the dirty coal from Australia plan. I think the subversion of the debate is that we’ll use Florida lemonade to make hydrogen.
Hahahaha, oh wait, the hydrogen peddlers act as though we are all stupid and that’s actualy pretty insulting.

You can fool cell some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.

Actually, the boats will be carrying liquefied hydrogen to Japan, made from Australian low-grade brown coal with the CO2 sequestered in retired oil and gas wells. Despite persistent rumors, the ship will not be named the Hindenboat. 😉

We shall see how long that’ll last. Will it be cheaper to ship refrigerated H thousands of miles from few places, or will it be cheaper to ship coal from all around the world in potentially empty cargo ships going back to Japan, especially after dropping off all the cars in US ports.

It will be cheaper to ship liquefied hydrogen to Japan.

First off, Japan is also looking into shipping liquefied hydrogen made from renewable hydroelectricity from Quebec and Russia.

Second off, Japan wouldn’t ship coal to itself from around the world to make hydrogen in Japan, because they wouldn’t be able to sequester the CO2 as they would in Australia. The brown coal (lignite coal) that Japan will be converting to hydrogen in Australia costs one tenth what black coal (bituminous coal) costs. Brown coal’s susceptibility to spontaneous combustion, low energy density, and typically high moisture content, make it inefficient and dangerous to transport, and significantly decreases its value on the world market where it is not traded extensively. Thus, brown coal is mainly burned in power stations near the mines, which have much higher CO2 emissions per megawatt generated than comparable black-coal plants and don’t sequester the the CO2.

Ah yes, the “clean coal” tech that the fossil fuel industry keeps promising, and never delivers on.

You left out the part where all this is built by unicorns and powered by rainbows.

“Honda Delivers First, All-new Clarity Fuel Cell to Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry…which apparently comes with a plaque.”

I think that’s a key FOB, Mark. Man, these things just keep getting bigger…

Haha! I thought the same thing! I want one of them to press the Honda logo and have the key part pop out of the bottom of the fob.

If there is ever an excess of energy from renewables, like night time hydro, wind, solar farms, etc, that can generate H2 production (instead of fossil fuels), this may work.The range and ease of filling would instantly be adopted by the mainstream if H2 was cost competitive with ICEs right now. It is doubtful 300 miles in 3 minutes would be achievable in the foreseeable future with BEVs. Nor would the current grid support that kind of demand by dozens of people charging at any given time at every other city block.

Apparently you don’t realize how much energy is wasted from the electricity grid at night. There is plenty of excess energy to charge hundreds of thousands of EV’s a try night in this country without adding additional capacity to the grid. This fact is why there is time of use rate teired pricing with many utilities. Charging during the daytime can be done with these thing as called solar panels.

You are right that many neighborhoods need updated transformers and many houses could use service upgrades for old houses and a dedicated 220 outlet or 2 for ones EV’s. Easy problems to solve.

A lot of if’s and investment for something that is as or less convinient than gas.

Elroy said:

“The range and ease of filling…”

Ease of filling compared to what?

Liquid fuels such as gasoline and diesel are easy to store and dispense. Highly pressurized hydrogen is quite difficult to deal with, requiring expensive equipment, constant re-pressurizing using expensive high-pressure pumps, and special seals… which nonetheless don’t stop H2 from leaking.

All this is a large part of why hydrogen filling stations can’t handle many cars per day, why they’re so terrifically expensive on a per-car basis as compared to gasoline/diesel… and why they will never be practical.

If FCEV fuel tanks were “easy to fill” then they could be filled in only a couple of minutes, like gasoline/diesel tanks. “Fool cell” car tanks take about 10 minutes to fill, because filling them is difficult… and the filling process wastes a lot of energy, too; that’s one of many reasons why H2 is a horribly inefficient fuel.

I find that charging while I am at work each day is incredibly easy and saves so much time in my life. Ocassionaly I have to charge at home during the night, which is again, incredibly easy. Sometimes I have to stop at the quick charger for 10 – 30 minutes on log trips. This is easy and convenient as well with do many quick chargers in CA.

Toyota and Honda; 2 expensive, 2 inefficient, 2 little, 2 late. Please Rip.

Why hydrogen makes no sense for transportation and why it is DOA

Cultural thing. In Japan when government is doing or wanting A. You deliver A. (Pursuing B is OK, as long as obligation A is met).

So first car to the government is also expected thing.

Cultural thing is all this is.

Questionable technology aside, this thing is really ugly!

Yeah, my thoughts exactly! What’s up with these hydrogen car designs? I’m beginning to wonder if they’re really trying to sell these things.

No news here…where are the model 3 pics…get to work insideevs.

A moment of shame, preserved forever with photographs.

Citroen CX? Is it you?

If there is so much surplus grid energy at night…this can be used to fill hydrogen tanks at night. I drive all BEV, so im as skeptical as any, but not too blind to realize the benfits of hydrogen also. Still in earliest stages, so will have to see where the technology is ten year s from now. Hardware wise, these are basically BEVs with a FC range extender.

Clarity and all hydrogen cars are a total waste of time, talent and capital.
Other manufacturers will eat Honda’s and Toyota’s lunch

It´s not only about Honda and Toyota, it´s about the whole Car industry. Ford, GM, Daimler, BMW, Volvo, Audi, WV you name it. Everyone is planning for the production of fcv. They will reach the market in 2017-18 and then production will increase each year. In 2025 we will not be able to buy a care with a combustion engine any more.
This will be good for the industry, our economy, peace, freedom but bad for oil companies and especially the arabs that wont have any more money to spend on building mosques and spreading islam to the west.

my Kingdom for a an ignore (button)..