Deliveries of the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle started this week at Honda dealerships in Southern California, marking “the next big leap forward in electric drive mobility,” the company says.
Retail leasing of the Clarity Fuel Cell is available through Honda’s network of 12 approved dealerships located in select California markets, including six dealerships in Southern California, five in the Bay Area, and one in Sacramento. Honda intends to expand that special dealer network as more public hydrogen fueling stations come online.
The vehicle is available for a lease price of $369 a month for 36 months with $2,868 due at signing. The lease terms include a mileage allowance of 20,000 miles per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of an Avis Luxury Rental in California, 24/7 roadside assistance, and eligibility for California “White Sticker” single occupant HOV access.
The first deliveries were celebrated on the Torrance, Calif., campus of American Honda Motor Co Inc., where six Clarity Fuel Cell customers participated in a ceremonial delivery event after leasing their cars. The first six customers of the 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell are previous owners of Honda’s second-generation fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity FCX.
Honda notes that the Clarity Fuel Cell has a fuel-cell stack that is 33% more compact than its predecessor, with a 60% increase in power density compared to the outgoing Honda FCX Clarity. The more compact fuel cell and integrated powertrain now fits entirely under the hood of the car, allowing for a more spacious cabin with seating for five passengers.