It costs too much money to drive inexpensively. Honda Motor Company announced this week the introduction of the Clarity. It is a hydrogen cell-fueled vehicle of the future, here now…for $60,000.
According to Car and Driver, initially Honda will lease the Clarity Fuel Cell for just under $500 per month. Apparently, Honda didn’t specify the down payment or the lease duration. Later, the plan is to open the car to regular sale. Whether the price comes down to more feasible number, though, is undetermined.
MSN Autos reports Honda will begin leasing the model by the end of 2016 at dealerships in Los Angeles, Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento. The plan for other cities was not announced, though Seattle and South Florida have been named as possibilities.
Nationwide expansion is hampered by a lack of hydrogen cell infrastructure. Southern California has the nation’s densest fuel cell filling station network. But, there are very few retail stations open to the public outside the boundaries of the Golden State. Even in California, hundreds of miles (far beyond the Clarity’s range) separate potential rural owners from hydrogen supplies.
Hyundai offers free hydrogen with the similarly priced Tucson Hydrogen Cell vehicle. Honda is expected to offer the same deal, though it wasn’t made clear at the launch announcement.
Ford Motor Co put almost a million and a half test miles on a fleet of 300 fuel cell vehicles. They recently cut a deal with Daimler, Renault, and Nissan to develop a joint fuel cell technology to be shared by all four companies.
Gildshire Reporter, Kim Hastings