A New Attempt of Hydrogen Vehicle by Honda – Clarity 2017

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The Honda Clarity is the successor to the FCX Clarity, Honda’s attempt at a fully Hydrogen powered vehicle. The 2017 Clarity looks to be a good car, and Honda have just about managed to live up to their promise of making it available in 2016; the first 6 cars were sent out to their owners in December 2016.

The Clarity is only available in California, not for any other reason than California is the only state with the required Hydrogen infrastructure to make it possible, and even then, there are only 22 publicly available Hydrogen fuel stations within the state. Not exactly spoilt for choice.

It competes directly with the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell and the Toyota Mirai.

Honda sent out the first six Clarity’s in December 2016, although they were official Honda lease customers rather than purchased outright. Expect to see the full roll out happening toward 2017.

2017 Honda Clarity release date: 2017

Update: the car is already available for purchase using leasing program

Future Costs More

Despite being so close to full roll out, we can only hazard a guess at the screen price because Honda haven’t yet announced it. Rumor puts the 2017 Honda Clarity in the region of $60,000, but there is no optional extras to add to that.

Also, Honda Leasing will let you have a Clarity for $369 / month with a $2,868 down payment, over three years. That price includes up to 20,000 miles per year, up to $15,000 of Hydrogen fuel, roadside assistance and 21 days worth of Avis Luxury car rentals.

Running the Clarity isn’t that cheap, in gasoline equivalent, it would work out to around $5.60 a gallon, but having said that, the Hydrogen market isn’t stable and prices fluctuate wildly. Honda hope to see it more stable and reduced by around 25% in the next few years as it gets adopted.

Spaceship on the Road

The 2017 Clarity has had a great deal work to make it right, but it doesn’t feel like you’re driving the future, but then maybe that’s its selling point; it feels normal.

One Trim Is Enough

Only available in three colors; White, Black and Red and only has one trim option – no extra’s to jazz it up, but it does come pretty well-equipped; adaptive cruise control (which works at low speed traffic including start & stop), lane departure warning, Heads Up Display, rear camera, the LaneWatch side camera, forward precollision alert with auto braking, 8” touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – all completely standard.

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Editor's rating
4.5 overall
  • Safety4.6
  • Performance4.5
  • Design4.5
  • Features4.6
  • Fuel economy4.2
Summary

Clarity is more like a long experiment - it's not cheap, it's not fast, neither pretty nor highly equipped. For those eco-enthusiasts who constantly try to save the planet.

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