Six Honda Clarity Fuel Cells Delivered to Support EU’s HyFIVE initiative

Six Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicles have arrived in Europe weeks before the first examples show up at Honda dealerships in California.

The six Clarity Fuel Cells are part of the European Union’s Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) initiative. They’ll end up with drivers in London and Copenhagen.

These cars are six of 185 fuel cell vehicles that five automakers have committed to deploying to prospective drivers in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and the UK through the initiative. Fuel cell vehicles is part of EU’s drive to promote the technology and to reduce emissions in region.

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The Clarity Fuel Cell will be available in California by the end of 2016. Last month, the Japanese automaker announced that the fuel cell car will be offered with a competitive introductory lease price of $369 a month for 36 months plus tax. The lease will require $2,499 plus first month’s payment at signing. The Clarity will also be available soon in two other powertrain configurations: battery electric and plug-in hybrid versions.

The U.S. Environment Protection Agency gave the Clarity a total driving range of 366 mile, which is greater than the Toyota Mirai or Kia Soul FCEV.

“Honda has always been one of the leaders in the field of hydrogen fuel cell technology, with over 30 years of research and development behind us. The arrival of these vehicles in Europe and Honda’s participation in HyFIVE is the next step towards Honda’s vision of the full commercialization of this technology,” said Thomas Brachmann, chief project engineer for Honda research and development and leader of Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell program in Europe.

Europe has a more extensive network of hydrogen fueling stations than the U.S. This map by shows hydrogen stations in place and nearly as many in the planning phase. Like the U.S., Europe is waiting for more fuel cell vehicles to be manufactured and delivered, which the HyFIVE initiative hopes to facilitate.

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