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Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell Vehicle Debuts at 2015 Tokyo Auto Show

Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell Vehicle Debuts at 2015 Tokyo Auto Show

TOKYO – The Honda Clarity, a hydrogen fuel-cell sedan that is the successor to the outgoing Honda FCX Clarity, debuted on Wednesday at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show.

American Honda Motor Co. told Edmunds the Honda Clarity will go on sale in the U.S. following its Japan launch in March 2016.

No pricing, sales or leasing information for the U.S. market is available. More details about the U.S. version may be announced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Honda said the Clarity will have a “more than 300 miles” U.S. driving-range estimate.

The five-seat Clarity competes with the four-passenger 2016 Toyota Mirai sedan, which has a 312-mile range.

As with the Mirai, heat and water vapor are the only emissions.

Honda said the Clarity “fuses the ease of use of a gasoline-powered vehicle and values that are unique to a (fuel-cell vehicle) at a high level.”

The fuel-cell stack for the Clarity has been downsized compared to the Honda FCX Clarity. The new Clarity’s fuel-cell powertrain is as compact as a V6 engine and is located under the hood. This frees up more space in the cabin for passengers.

The tank can be refilled in about three minutes.

In 2002, the Honda FCX became the first fuel-cell vehicle to be certified by the EPA and California Air Resources Board.

Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are just coming to market in the U.S., first in California. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson fuel-cell vehicle, a midsize crossover SUV, is available now at a limited number of California Hyundai dealerships on a lease-only basis.

There are just 12 public hydrogen stations in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Edmunds says: Green car shoppers will be watching the U.S. rollout of the Honda Clarity with great interest. But it likely will be available on a limited basis only.

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