After nearly one and a half years of limited availability of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell in California, the Japanese manufacturer introduced the 2018 model year version.

2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

While we don't see any changes in the specs, pricing or market rollout (see the offer in late 2016 here), we are wondering where the hydrogen fuel cell cars are going.

There are only 12 selected dealerships in California (just like it was over one year ago) that will lease the Clarity Fuel Cell, still without the option of purchase.

The car is rated at 366 miles (589 km) of EPA range and costs some $369 a month for 36-months (after $2,868 due at signing). The deal includes hydrogen at participating stations worth of up to $15,000.

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According to our stats, Honda leased less than 1,000 Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles so far:

  • December 2016: 8
  • 2017: 431 (17.6% out of 2,455 Clarity model)
  • 2018 through March: 426 (12.8% out of 3,317 Clarity model)
  • Total: 865

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sales in U.S. - March 2018

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sales in U.S. - March 2018

Press release:

2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Arrives at Select Dealerships

  • Clarity Fuel Cell qualifies for $5,000 state rebate
  • Model eligible for California Clean Air Vehicle Stickers, allowing single occupant HOV access
  • Clarity Fuel Cells 366-mile driving range rating is the highest of any zero-emission vehicle

<em>2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell</em>

2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

The 2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell arrived at select Honda dealerships today, competitively lease priced at $369 per month. With a spacious and sophisticated five-occupant interior, advanced alternative-fuel powertrains and long list of standard features, including the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, the Clarity series was chosen as Green Car Journals 2018 Green Car of the Year and Edmunds Most Innovative Car in its 2018 CES Tech Driven Awards.

"Customers interested in being part of the electrified future have a great choice with the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell," said Steven Center, vice president of Connected and Environmental Business Development at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Hondas approach is to create electrified vehicles that people want to drive – with appealing styling, a premium and spacious cabin, and an engaging driving performance."

Coupled with the 2018 Accord Hybrid and the recently announced 2019 Insight, the Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid represent the next generation of Honda vehicles, as the company advances toward its aim to grow electrified vehicle sales to two-thirds of global sales by 2030.

The Clarity Fuel Cell is competitively lease priced at $369 per month for 36 months with $2,868 due at signingi with California customers eligible for a $5,000 rebate.iiThe lease terms include an attractive mileage allowance of 20,000 miles per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of access to a luxury vehicle from Avis while in California,iii 24/7 roadside assistance, and eligibility for Californias Clean Air Vehicle Stickers, allowing single occupant HOV access.2 In addition, the Clarity Fuel Cell has the highest EPA driving range rating of any zero-emission light-duty vehicle in America, including fuel cell and battery electric vehicles, with a 366-mile range rating and fuel economy rating of 68 combined MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent).iv The Clarity Fuel Cell has a refueling time of approximately three to five minutes using 70 MPa refueling stations.

<em>2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell</em>

2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Retail leasing of the Clarity Fuel Cell is available through a network of 12 approved Honda dealerships in select California markets, including six dealerships in Southern California (Los Angeles and Orange County areas), five in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one in the Sacramento area. Honda will continue to invest in its fuel cell vehicle dealer network as the network of public hydrogen fueling stations expands.

i. Includes down payment with no security deposit. Excludes taxes, registration, license and dealer fees. For well qualified lessees. Subject to availability to California residents on approved credit through Honda Financial Services. Closed end lease for 2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell for well qualified lessees. Not all applicants will qualify. No purchase option at lease end. Total monthly payments $13,284. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear, and 20 cents per mile over 20,000 miles per year. Lease includes Roadside Assistance, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, and up to 21 days Avis Group H luxury rental car (rental must initiate and end California). Total due at lease signing is $2,868 plus tax and registration and includes first month's payment and capitalized cost reduction of $2,499. Offer ends July 31, 2018. Please see your authorized Honda Clarity dealer for complete details. Accessories sold separately. See Honda Clarity Fuel Cell dealer for details.

ii. Customers may qualify for the California State rebate of $5,000 and/or the California Clean Air Stickers. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/decal; https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng/eligibility-guidelines

iii. Luxury vehicle rental from Avis Group H; rental must initiate and end in California.

iv. 69 city / 67 highway / 68 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) rating; 366-mile driving range rating. Based on 2018 EPA ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe and driving range will vary based on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, powertrain condition, and other factors.