Honda Bringing Longest Range Zero Emission Vehicle to US with Clarity Fuel Cell

The upcoming Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan will have the longest range of any zero emission vehicle in the U.S. based on an EPA rating of 366 miles.

American Honda Motor Co. issued a press release today on receiving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rating of 366 miles driving range and a fuel economy rating of 68 miles of gasoline-equivalent combined. That rates as the best range of any electric vehicle without a combustion engine, including fuel cell and all-electric vehicles, in the U.S., according to Honda.

There’s also the Clarity’s fast hydrogen refueling that beats out fast charging an electric car.

“Not only does the Clarity Fuel Cell fit five passengers and refuel in three to five minutes, it offers customers a driving range on par with gasoline-powered cars,” said Steve Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda Motor Co. “The Clarity leads the pack with a 366 mile driving range rating, and with a growing network of hydrogen stations and fast fueling time, the zero-emissions family road trip is no longer science fiction.”

The zero emission vehicle with the longest range in the U.S. is currently the 2016 Tesla Model S with a 90 kWh battery. The EPA has given that variation 294 miles of range, according to Autobytel.

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Honda will be bringing the five-passenger hydrogen-powered sedan to the U.S. by the end of 2016, the company reports. Sales will begin with retail leasing through a network of 12 approved Honda dealers in select California markets. Six of these dealers will be in Southern California, five in the Bay Area, and one in Sacramento.

Honda says it will “further develop its dealer network as more hydrogen fueling stations become available,” according to the press release. The challenge there will be finding hydrogen refueling stations beyond California, and that will take a while. A U.S. Department of Energy fueling station map shows one open in South Carolina, one in Massachusetts, and another in Connecticut.

Honda boasts about a few achievements gained through its fuel cell technology program in the release, including having the first EPA- and CARB-certified fuel cell vehicle on the market as of July 2002. As for today, the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will be the third production-level hydrogen fuel cell car on American roads, following the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell and Toyota Mirai.

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