Honda is slated to begin retail leasing its hydrogen-powered, five-passenger Clarity Fuel Cell sedan to customers in select California markets before the end of 2016. The Clarity will be priced around $60,000, with a targeted monthly lease of under $500.
Limited deliveries will begin through certified fuel cell vehicle dealers in Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. The company will start by leasing vehicles and expects to move to retail sales with increased volumes and market coverage coincident with increasing vehicle supplies and the state’s growing hydrogen refueling station network.
“The new Clarity Fuel Cell and Accord Hybrid arriving this year, along with the new plug-in hybrid coming by 2018, are critical steps toward a new generation of Honda advanced environmental vehicles and a true volume pillar for Honda and our product portfolio in the U.S.,” says John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. “The Clarity Fuel Cell is a potential game-changer because it offers an uncompromising, zero-emissions customer experience with performance, utility, range and refueling time on par with today’s gasoline-powered cars.”