2017 Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicle is ready for the mainstream

March 20, 2017 by  
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Fuel-cell vehicles are still pretty foreign to most of us, especially if you live outside of California. Automakers like General Motors, Hyundai , Toyota and Honda have been working on the technology for decades, but we’ve yet to see a model that could bring the technology more mainstream. Toyota got close with the new Mirai , but Honda may be even closer to increasing the public’s acceptance of fuel-cell vehicles with their all-new 2017 Clarity. You’ll recall that this isn’t the first time Honda has released a fuel cell vehicle for public consumption, since in 2008 the first FCX Clarity was leased to a small subset of customers in California. Now almost 10 years later, Honda has made significant improvements to make the Clarity feel even more like a conventional car than any fuel cell vehicle has been able to do before. The styling may still be a bit unconventional, but Honda learned a lot from what customers need with the first FCX Clarity. Related: Honda will offer the Clarity Fuel Cell in electric and plug-in hybrid versions For starters, the new Clarity is now larger with increases to its length and width, which brings its exterior more in-line with the brand’s popular Accord midsize sedan. Honda decided one of the biggest hurdles with the last generation was that its interior also had too many compromises in terms of interior volume and seating capacity. So now the Clarity can fit five passengers, compared to the last model that could only fit four. That’s also a big plus over the Toyota Mirai , which can only fit up to four. How did Honda manage to do this? The FCX Clarity’s fuel cell stack was positioned directly in the middle of the car, which meant that there wasn’t room for a middle passenger in the rear seat. To make room for the fifth passenger in the new Clarity, Honda repositioned the fuel cell stack and powertrain underneath the hood, like a conventional car. Honda couldn’t simply just take the old system and stuff it under the new Clarity’s hood, instead it had to downsize the size of the entire system so that it is now smaller than the brand’s V6 engine. One added benefit is now that the system is so much smaller, that opens the door for more future applications. To make more interior volume and cargo space, Honda also reconfigured the hydrogen storage system, which now consists of two tanks, one under the rear seat and one in the trunk. Having room for five passengers was one of the biggest complaints that buyers had about the last generation, but there was also one other problem – driving range. The last FCX Clarity could only drive up to 240 miles on a tank of hydrogen fuel, but now the new two tank system can hold more hydrogen: 3.93 kg vs 5.46 kg. The nominal pressure of the tanks is also up from 35 MPa to 70 MPa. This also means that the Clarity can now travel further than before with an estimated driving range of 366 miles – which is closer to the driving range of a conventional midsize sedan. Also one of the biggest benefits of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is that it only takes 3-5 minutes to refill its tanks compared to the many hours it takes to recharge an electric vehicle. Now that the Clarity can fit as many passengers as a regular midsize sedan and its driving range is more realistic – there was only one other big hurdle that Honda needed to tackle if it were to achieve its goal of increasing the acceptance of fuel cell vehicles – how it drives. The Clarity’s fuel cell powertrain generates 174 horsepower (up 30%) and 221 lb-ft. of torque (up 17 percent). For comparison, the Honda Accord’s four-cylinder engine generates 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft. of torque. The upgraded powertrain now has a quicker response and is smoother than before. A new Sport mode also makes it a bit “sportier” when you need it. How did it drive in the real world? Honda achieved its goal of making it feel more like a regular midsize sedan. Around the back country roads of Santa Barbara, the 2017 Clarity drove just as we would expect from the Accord. It wasn’t particularly engaging, but it didn’t need to be. The updated powertrain is much quieter than before and accelerating from a stop was easy and effortless. The differences between the Normal and Sport modes is not as big as you would expect, but it does provide a bit more brake regeneration. On the road, the 2017 Clarity feels planted, quiet and comfortable. Most passengers probably won’t even realize they are in a “non-conventional” fuel cell sedan. Which is what Honda was hoping to achieve with the Clarity. The previous compromises to interior volume, comfort and performance are all pretty much gone now. There’s still one last hurdle to greater acceptance of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles: infrastructure. Currently the Clarity is only on sale in California and that’s because of the number of hydrogen re-fueling stations in the state. But even then there are still only 26 stations currently up and running in California . By the end of 2017 there will be another 20 coming online. Honda hopes to have at least 100 stations up by 2020. On the flip side, the automaker promises to cover the costs of the hydrogen fuel for the entire lease – for a cost of up to $15,000. Related: Toyota FCV Plus hydrogen concept car reveals the automaker’s vision of the future Honda won’t actually sell you a Clarity, so the only way you can get one is if you lease it for three years at $369 a month with 2,868 due at signing. If you’re still not quiet ready to make the jump to a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, there’s still good news. Honda is going to offer three versions of the Clarity: the Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. The Clarity Electric will be an affordable fully-electric version with a driving range around 80 miles, while the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be the volume leader with a 40 mile electric mode and a 300 mile driving range. Both the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will arrive by the end of the year. So there we have it, Honda’s latest attempt at making the fuel cell vehicle more mainstream is the closest one yet that we’ve seen from any automaker. We can expect others to follow suit; Hyundai is already working on its next fuel cell SUV and General Motors recently announced a partnership to work on fuel cell powertrains. + Honda All images @ Inhabitat and Honda

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Nissan is making the world’s first solid-oxide fuel cell vehicle

August 17, 2016 by  
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Nissan is the official sponsor of this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympics and, in addition to contributing a fleet of cars for the games, the automaker has revealed the world’s first solid-oxide fuel-cell vehicle. Nissan’s new e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype doesn’t rely on hydrogen like today’s fuel cell vehicles and instead runs on ethanol and ethanol-blended water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF-eE8pRzMw The e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype vehicle runs on 100-percent ethanol or ethanol-blended water to charge its 24kWh battery that gives the fuel-cell van a cruising range of more than 373 miles. If the prototype looks familiar, it should since the e-Bio Fuel-Cell is based on the e-NV200. According to Nissan, it chose to create the e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype because bio-ethanol fuels, which are mainly sourced from sugarcane and corn, are widely available. Due to the easy availability of ethanol and ethanol-blended water, the system is not heavily restricted by the existing charging infrastructure, making it easy to introduce to the market. Related: Nissan is gifting gilded Leaf EVs to winning Olympic Athletes Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn stated: “The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production…all the while supporting the existing infrastructure. In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly. Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth.” Nissan will conduct further field tests on public roads in Brazil using the prototype. + Nissan All images @ Nissan

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The Lexus LF-FC is a liquid metal future machine powered by hydrogen

January 11, 2016 by  
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No automaker is pushing hydrogen cars harder than Toyota – and the company’s luxury offshoot just unveiled the fuel cell vehicle of the future. The Lexus LF-FC concept features opalescent curves, an all-wheel drive fuel cell power system, and a holographic interface that lets you control the car with a wave of your hand. Read the rest of The Lexus LF-FC is a liquid metal future machine powered by hydrogen

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Toyota unveils ‘Back to the Future’ Mirai fuel cell car with flux capacitor, gull-wing doors

October 21, 2015 by  
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since Marty McFly and Doc Brown took audiences Back to the Future . If you remember in Back to the Future Part II , the futuristic date that the duo traveled to was today, October 21, 2015 – and to celebrate the arrival of “the future,” Toyota just unveiled a Mirai hydrogen car that looks like Marty McFly and Doc Brown’s time-traveling Delorean ! It even has gull-wing doors, a flux capacitor and a Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor mounted on the trunk. Read the rest of Toyota unveils ‘Back to the Future’ Mirai fuel cell car with flux capacitor, gull-wing doors

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Toyota FCV Plus hydrogen concept car reveals the automaker’s vision of the future

October 9, 2015 by  
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Although electric cars have become more popular over the last few years, there are some automakers that still don’t believe that electric cars are the long-term answer to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Toyota is clearly one of those automakers, focusing instead on hydrogen fuel-cell cars as a more viable solution. This fall Toyota’s first fuel-cell vehicle , the Mirai is scheduled to arrive, but Toyota is already thinking about the future with the new FCV Plus fuel-cell concept that is going to debut later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show. Read the rest of Toyota FCV Plus hydrogen concept car reveals the automaker’s vision of the future

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Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025

June 4, 2014 by  
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Eight U.S. states just formed an alliance to drastically cut emissions by boosting the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road to 3.3 million by 2025. The multi-state ZEV Action Plan was launched by California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Together the eight states account for about 28 percent of the total vehicle sales in the United States. Read the rest of Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , connecticut , electric car , fuel cell vehicle , green car , green transportation , Maryland , Massachusetts , New York. , Oregon , rhode island , vermont , zero emission vehicle , ZEV Action Plan

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Hyundai Unveils World’s First Aquaponics Farm Powered by a Fuel Cell Car

October 23, 2013 by  
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Hyundai just teamed up with Something & Son to unveil the world’s first urban aquaponic farm ‘powered’ by a hydrogen car! Located outside of the London Design Museum, Hyundai’s Fuel Cell Farm seeks to educate the public on the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The aquaponics farm filters water produced by a ix35 fuel cell vehicle and then uses the H2O to sustain an aquarium full of fish and an edible garden. Read the rest of Hyundai Unveils World’s First Aquaponics Farm Powered by a Fuel Cell Car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquaponics , farm , fuel cell car , fuel cell vehicle , hydrogen , hydrogen fuel cell technology , hydroponics , HYUNDAI , hyundai fuel cell , hyundai fuel cell farm , London , zero emissions vehicle        

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General Motors’ Hydrogen-Powered Chevy Equinox Logs 100,000 Miles of Real-World Driving

October 23, 2013 by  
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General Motors has been testing a fleet of fuel cell vehicles since 2007 when the automaker launched its 119-vehicle Project Driveway program – and one of its Chevy Equinox hydrogen vehicles just passed a milestone by logging 100,000 miles of real-world driving! To date, GM’s fuel cell test fleet has accumulated nearly 3 million miles – more than any other automaker. Read the rest of General Motors’ Hydrogen-Powered Chevy Equinox Logs 100,000 Miles of Real-World Driving Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chevrolet , Chevrolet Equinox , Chevy fuel cell vehicle , fuel cell SUV , fuel cell vehicle , general motors , GM fuel cell vehicle , green car , hydrogen , hydrogen car        

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Nissan’s New Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Terra SUV Takes Green Transportation Off-Road

September 12, 2012 by  
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Nissan just unveiled its new Terra Concept – a fuel cell -powered SUV that will have its world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show on September 27th. The Terra SUV concept is described as a zero emissions, zero limits SUV that takes sustainability off-road with its all-wheel-drive hydrogen-electric powertrain. Read the rest of Nissan’s New Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Terra SUV Takes Green Transportation Off-Road Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 Paris Motor Show , electric SUV , fuel cell vehicle , green SUV , green transportation , NISSAN , Nissan electric vehicle , Nissan fuel cell vehicle , Nissan Leaf , Nissan Terra Concept

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VIDEO: Mercedes Benz Reveals Its Zero Emissions F-125 Luxury Sedan at the Frankfurt Auto Show

September 13, 2011 by  
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Just revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show , here is the first look at Mercedes-Benz’s F-125 hydrogen fuel cell sedan, a study in what a luxury car will look like in 25 years. The vehicle has zero emissions propulsion and gullwing doors that swing up to reveal the side of a tech-packed but comfy cabin. Check out the video after the jump to see all the gorgeous details. Read the rest of VIDEO: Mercedes Benz Reveals Its Zero Emissions F-125 Luxury Sedan at the Frankfurt Auto Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , concept car , F-125 , F125 , F125 fuel cell , F125 luxury concept , Frankfurt Motor Show , fuel cell vehicle , green automotive design , green transportation , hydrogen fuel cell , Mercedes-Benz F125 , zero-emissions

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