Honda’s FCX Clarity FCEV is a hydrogen powered electric car. The fuel cell combines hydrogen with oxygen to make electricity that powers the Honda E-Drive electric motor. Water vapour is the car’s only emission.
Compared to previous generations of fuel cell vehicles the Clarity is over 397 pounds lighter and has 120% better power-to-weight ratio. The powerplant is 20 percent more fuel efficient, 45 percent more compact and 10 percent more energy efficient.
The FCX Clarity’s compact and lightweight lithium-ion battery is used as a supplemental power source capturing lost energy during deceleration and braking.
This is a car that does much more than offer good performance and aerodynamic styling, it take safety very seriously. The FCX Clarity has reinforced unit-body structure, stability assist and a collision mitigation braking system.
The Clarity will come with the option of a home refueling solar array. Eight hours of home refueling will give the car enough range for the average commute, 30 miles (50 km). At a “fast-fill” public station, five-minute of refueling gives the vehicle a range of 240 miles.
The car is likely to be sold commercially around 2018 in the luxury large sedan category. This is a car that may very well offer us a glimpse into the automotive future.
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