2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Claims Longest Range of Any EV
Honda isn’t having any trouble squeezing the most driving range coming from the most abundant element within the universe, even if Tesla’s Elon Musk has assessed claims for hydrogen fuel-cell cars as nothing more than “bullsh*t.” The 2017 Honda Clarity boasts an EPA-estimated 366 miles on just one tank of pressurized hydrogen gas, more than any battery-electric vehicle can claim.
Only a couple of hundred Californians will be able to confirm Honda’s claims when This particular fender-skirted sedan goes on sale This particular winter for less than $500 per month, or $60,000. Honda will be very picky about who can sign up for the Clarity: only those living or working within 10 miles of a hydrogen fueling station (the Bay Area along with greater Los Angeles, essentially) will get the keys. By comparison, that will’s easier to get into a Ford GT or a rent-controlled Manhattan apartment.
As lab numbers go, the Clarity’s range bests that will of the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai by 54 miles along with the Tesla type S P100D—the most powerful Tesla thus far, along with until today, the longest-lasting EV—by 51 miles. The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell comes in 101 miles behind. The brand new Clarity’s range will be also well beyond that will of the previous FCX Clarity’s 270-mile claim. that will’s not definitely an apples-to-apples comparison, though, because the earlier type came before EPA had standardized how that will measures electric driving range for all EVs. In our own test which has a 2009 Clarity, we could muster only 194 miles.
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Honda’s latest fuel-cell car stores fuel at 10,000 psi—twice the pressure used within the first FCX Clarity—so that will compresses far more hydrogen into a similarly sized space. The claimed fill-up time of between three along with 5 minutes, compared with the nearly nine minutes we recorded in 2009, would likely be similarly refreshing if that will proves out in testing. Toyota’s “Fueled by Bullsh*t” ad campaign has already taken Musk to task. As the limited marketing area demonstrates, issues with infrastructure along with fuel availability still hamper progress, although Honda will be producing real strides within the development of a useful fuel-cell car.