Today, Honda North America announced the 2017 Honda Clarity FCV EPA figures. It has a 366 miles (589 km) range and a efficiency of 68 MPGe combined (67 highway and 69 city).
This is what we can read in Honda’s press release:
“The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan, launching later this year, received an EPA driving range rating of 366 miles and fuel economy rating of 68 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent combined, giving it the best range rating of any electric vehicle without a combustion engine, including fuel cell and all-electric vehicles, in the United States.”
While most of us couldn’t care less about an electric car that is powered by a fuel cell, the good news is that the Honda Clarity will have BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) and PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) versions next year.
The price and range of the BEV version will determine how serious is Honda about electric cars. Since the FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) version will surely be unsuccessful. Not only the hydrogen infrastructure is near to non existent, but also it is an expensive car to buy and run.
If you want to know why BEVs are vastly superior to FCVs feel free to check this small article.
What do you think? Will Honda put a decent price and battery in the BEV version? Or it’ll do like Hyundai did with IONIQ EV and undermine it?