From Motortrend: The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will cost around $60,000, or a monthly lease price under $500, the automaker announced today. The Clarity rides on a platform that will also underpin an upcoming plug-in hybrid from Honda.
Honda will start leasing the model in limited quantities at dealerships in Los Angeles County, Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento by the end of the year. As the infrastructure for hydrogen fueling grows, Honda will focus on retail sales and expand the Clarity to other markets.
Prices for the Clarity are about on par with the 2016 Toyota Mirai, which went on sale late last year. That model goes for $57,500, or $499 a month. Incidentally, the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is also priced at $499 a month. Both of these competing vehicles help ease the transition to hydrogen by offering drivers free hydrogen fuel, so we’ll have to wait to see if Honda offers the same deal.
Honda previously announced it would offer a new plug-in hybrid by 2018 to replace the “very low volume” Accord Plug-In. That model is still on track to launch by 2018, although we still don’t know exactly what the model will be. In the more immediate future, Honda will launch a new Accord Hybrid this spring.
SU Comment: Ever since they put fuel cells on the Apollo mission service modules people have seen fuel cells as the way to go, its pretty clear that some auto companies are picking sides, either going fully electric which has proven to be a difficult road considering range and cost of the batteries. Some manufacturers are focusing on a more unproven path which are fuel cells. The fact remains that fuel cell technology has been around for a long time and its become more manageable and easier to package into a smaller high output size and at the same time become cheaper so Honda might be on the right track here, one thing is certain Audi is also investing a huge amount of money into this type of technology, and so are Nissan and Hyundai but also Toyota has made steps away from hybrid and electric cars with a higher focus on fuel cells. Could the quick development of fuel cell cars be the thing that kills the future for electric cars? Everyone is waiting for the range revolution to occur for electric cars, what if it never comes and fuel cells overtake the industry meanwhile everyone is waiting…