Honda clarity fuel cell


Honda Clarity Fuel Cell (2016)

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled the world premiere of the planned production model of its all-new fuel cell vehicle (FCV), Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

The all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell fuses the ease of use of a gasoline-powered vehicle and values that are unique to a FCV at a high level. This fusion gives this sedan-type FCV high value and potential to set a benchmark for FCVs now and in the future.

Employing original Honda technologies, the fuel cell stack for this model was downsized by 33% compared to the previous version of the fuel cell stack and yet output of more than 100kW and output density of 3.1kW/L - approximately a 60% improvement - were achieved. The fuel cell powertrain was made as compact as a V6 engine, and thus it was made possible to consolidate it under the hood of a sedan-type vehicle for the first time in the world. This powertrain layout enabled a full cabin package that seats five adults comfortably .

Combined with improved efficiency of the powertrain and a reduced energy requirement for driving, a 70MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank installed to this vehicle provides a cruising range of more than 700 km (Honda internal measurement), the top-class cruising range among all FCVs. The tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes, realizing ease of use equivalent to that of a gasoline-powered vehicle. Furthermore, the high-output motor with maximum output of 130kW realizes both direct, highly-responsive and exhilarating driving experience and excellent quietness at the same time. In addition, when combined with an external power feeding device, the Power Exporter 9000, the all-new Clarity Fuel Cell can function as a "power plant on wheels" that generates and provides electricity to the community in times of a disaster or other events.

2016 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda will begin lease sales in Japan of this all-new Clarity Fuel Cell in March 2016. For the first year after the start of sales in Japan, Honda will focus on sales mainly to local government bodies or business customers which Honda has already been working together for the popularization of FCVs. During this period, Honda will collect information about the in-market use situation, including the external power feeding device, and gather diverse opinions from customers and other relevant organizations, then later begin sales to individual customers.

Honda will begin with small-volume production at the Production Supervisory Unit and Powertrain Production Supervisory Unit (located in Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi, Japan.), then eventually expand production volume and begin regular sales along with lease sales. The sales price of Clarity Fuel Cell in Japan will be 7.66 million yen (including consumption tax). The Power Exporter 9000, which has the capacity to feed approximately seven-days' worth of electricity for an average household, is scheduled to go on sale at the same time as the Clarity Fuel Cell. Clarity Fuel Cell will be sequentially evolved into the U.S. and Europe.

Honda was one of the first automakers to begin focusing attention to hydrogen as a possible solution for issues such as global warming and depletion of fossil fuels. Honda has been positioning the FCV, which emits only water, as the ultimate environmentally-responsible vehicle and has taken a proactive approach to the research and development of FCVs since the late 1980s.

In 2002, the Honda FCX became the first fuel cell vehicle in the world to be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). With these certifications, Honda began lease sales of the Honda FCX in Japan and the U.S. In 2008, Honda became the first automaker to begin lease sales of the FCX Clarity, which featured an innovative sedan-type package and unprecedented driving experience. The all-new Clarity Fuel Cell was developed based on various data related to the ease of use and driving performance of these previous Honda FCVs.

With the goal to make a contribution to the forthcoming hydrogen energy society and to realize the joy and freedom of mobility and a sustainable society where people can enjoy life, Honda will continue taking on new challenges in the area of hydrogen technologies including the Smart Hydrogen Station, FCVs and external power feeding devices under the concept of "generate, use and get connected."

www.netcarshow.com

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

"Honda invests big in the future of auto industry with zero-emission vehicles. Honda Clarity line is the pioneer which currently has a fuel cell powered model, and expects to get an all-electric and plug-in hybrid additions later this year. Of course Honda is no stranger to fuel cell vehicles, as we had a Honda FCX experimental model a decade ago. 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell is a five passenger sedan with an EPA city rating of 69 MPGe. MSRP starts from $58,490, which can seem quite high, but it's less than a grand over Toyota Mirai FCV's MSRP of $57,500. Below is the press release from Honda:" Ed.

Honda Leading Towards a Hydrogen Society

Having identified hydrogen as a potential solution to the environmental issues faced by society, Honda began basic research on fuel cells as early as the late 1980s. In 2002, Honda became the first automaker in the world to receive approval by the U.S. government to sell fuel cell vehicles, and began leasing them in the U.S. and Japan. In 2008, Honda began leasing the FCX Clarity to consumers; it featured a dramatically advanced fuel cell stack, innovative sedan package, and a new dimension of driving feel. In 2016, Honda reached an even greater height with the next evolution of its fuel cell technologies.

The all-new 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell is an even more compelling vehicle that offers greater practicality than previous fuel cell vehicles. The Clarity Fuel Cell can be used on a daily basis just like a traditional gaspowered vehicle, but provides much more driving enjoyment and zero emissions. Honda is stepping into a new era with the aim of popularizing fuel cell vehicles. Honda also wants to create a movement towards a hydrogen society. Honda has already built an array of hydrogen technologies--technologies to “produce, use and connect” hydrogen--through the Clarity Fuel Cell project and the development of hydrogen stations and external power export devises.

Honda continues to take on challenges to open the door to greater possibilities of hydrogen, to harness the joy of free mobility and realize a rich, sustainable society. On the way to realizing “the Joy and Freedom of Mobility” and “a Sustainable Society where People Can Enjoy Life,” Honda is committed to advancing hydrogen technologies leading to a fully-fledged hydrogen society.

The Clarity Fuel Cell is the first in the Clarity series of all-new electrified vehicles from Honda. Built on a common platform, the Clarity series also will include the Clarity Electric (BEV) and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) as Honda works to evolve and popularize electrified vehicles. Every electric vehicle on the market today has at least one barrier to overcome, whether size, affordability, range or recharging/refueling. The strategy behind the Clarity series addresses these issues through its spacious five-passenger cabin, focus on increased affordability, and expanding infrastructure. To achieve mass-market appeal, Hondaʼs product development pathway is aimed toward future full-scale mass production, rather than focused on a narrow group of users. To that end, Honda selected the “3-in-1 concept” that mounts the fuel cell powertrain under the hood like a conventional gasoline or hybrid vehicle, and realizes BEV and PHEV variants using the same platform, making Clarity the first vehicle in the industry to offer fuel cell, BEV and PHEV powertrain options on a single platform. This shared platform strategy will enable Honda to respond to infrastructure and market developments, provide customers nationwide with an ultra-low carbon vehicle that meets their lifestyle needs, and takes Honda toward higher volume sales of advanced powertrain products that will help to realize our dream for an ultra-low carbon mobility future.

  • Clarity Electric. The Clarity Electric will be geared toward commuters who desire all-electric performance in a spacious, comfortable and premium-contented five-passenger sedan that fits their daily driving needs.
  • Clarity Fuel Cell. Honda views fuel cells as the ultimate zero-emissions vehicle technology and the Clarity Fuel Cell offers early adopters the latest technology to be on the forefront of “what is next” while enjoying the convenience of short refueling times and the flexibility and confidence of a 366 mile EPA range rating*, the longest of any zero-emissions vehicle.
  • Clarity Plug-In. The Clarity Plug-In hybrid will be the volume leader of the series, marketed in all 50 states, and having an anticipated all-electric driving range rating in excess of 40 miles and a total driving range comparable to that of a traditional gasoline-powered sedan.
Honda Is Taking Proactive Steps to Solve Environmental Issues.

What Honda Is Doing to Address Environmental Issues Honda has long been at the forefront of research on environmental issues facing the automobile industry. For example, Honda was the first manufacturer to meet the Clean Air Act of 1972 without the use of a catalytic converter by developing the CVCC engine. Since then, Honda has introduced numerous cars and technologies to further reduce emissions.

In its fight against global warming, Honda is working to minimize CO2 emissions by pursuing greater thermal efficiency for engines, developing hybrid systems, and other fuel efficiency-improving technologies.

In addition to these efforts, Honda is also working to curb societyʼs dependence on fossil fuels such as petroleum, one of the largest sources of harmful emissions. To this end, Honda is investing in the research and development of next-generation clean vehicles. They include plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) that minimize the use of gasoline, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) that use electric power instead of fossil-derived energy and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) that generate electricity from hydrogen.

Reducing CO2 Emissions on a Global Scale

As emerging nations undergo a motorization boom and vehicle production increases around the world, the international society is imposing stricter requirements on environmental performance of vehicles every year. One projection based on the Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts the global CO2 emissions from transportation vehicles to nearly double from the 2010 level by 2050 due to growth in emerging nations, among others (see 6DS*1 in the graph on the right), and sets a target of reducing at least 60 percent of the CO2 emissions anticipated in 2050 (see 2DS*2 in the same graph).

In light of this, the auto industry must introduce various types of next-generation clean vehicles fueled by diverse energy sources like FCVs, BEVs and PHEVs, to curb CO2 emissions.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Is Developing Various Clean Vehicles to Increasingly Reduce CO2 Emissions

Hondaʼs Next Generation Clean Vehicles

Honda is working to develop various next-generation clean vehicles meeting the needs and usage requirements of todayʼs consumers in order to reduce global CO2 emissions. PHEVs drive like an electric vehicle when traveling short distance in cities, but behave like a conventional hybrid vehicle when the battery level drops or on expressways for example, thereby minimizing the use of gasoline. On the other hand, BEVs and FCVs are so-called "zero emission cars" that do not emit CO2 while driving.

Battery capacity has a direct impact on driving range. For short-distance driving, Honda believes BEVs with relatively small battery capacities offer the best solution in terms of cost to the customer and the environment.

Honda believes FCVs are the ultimate clean vehicles as they release no CO2 emissions. This is because they generate electricity from hydrogen energy while driving. Furthermore, hydrogen vehicles refuel quickly and offer similar range to a gasoline engine vehicle. FCVs Generate Electricity from Hydrogen As They Drive.

FCVs carry a hydrogen tank instead of a gasoline tank found on conventional vehicles, and generate electricity inside the fuel cells as the hydrogen reacts with the oxygen contained in the air. This electricity, generated within the vehicle, drives the motor to move the vehicle with no CO2 or other harmful emissions being generated. FCVs achieve ultimate clean performance as water is the only byproduct of electricity generation in the vehicle.

Hydrogen Has the Potential to Realize an Energy Sustainable Society.

Virtuous Circle-type Energy Not Dependent on Fossil Fuel Hydrogen does not exist independently on Earth, but is contained in various substances from which it can be extracted. Hydrogen can be produced from natural gas and biomass, and also through water electrolysis using electricity generated from renewable energy such as solar, wind and hydro power.

As hydrogen can be produced in many different ways reflecting the geographical characteristics and unique weather of each region, society can look forward to establishing an ideal hydrogen cycle that is not dependent on fossil fuel. Hydrogen Energy Can Be Produced, Transported and Stored, ready for conversion into Electricity When Needed. Although electricity can be stored in batteries, storing a large amount of electricity is difficult. Normally electricity is generated at power plants and supplied continuously to cover anticipated usage; however, once hydrogen is produced, it can be compressed or liquefied and transported or stored in tanks. The stored hydrogen can then be converted to electricity through fuel cells to produce the necessary amount of electricity at the location where it is required. In other words, hydrogen energy offers much more flexibility in the way it can be used.

Honda Proprietary Technologies to Create a Hydrogen-based Society. Hydrogen for vehicle use can be produced using renewable energy and then transported or stored. Honda saw opportunities in these characteristics and built unique hydrogen technologies to realize a hydrogen society. Hydrogen is produced at a space-saving, easy-to-install smart hydrogen station using solar power and other methods. This hydrogen is then available to fuel FCVs that will use it to generate electricity as they drive. These FCVs can also function as small power stations, or mobile power supplies, and connect and supply electricity to portable external power export devices, homes or facilities. FCVs expand the possibilities of hydrogen energy, as they can also be utilized as an emergency power source in natural disasters.

Honda Has Achieved a Big Step in the Popularization of FCVs. The Evolution of Fuel Cell Stacks Was the Key to Success.

Smaller, Higher-performance Fuel Cell Stacks.

Honda began basic research on fuel cells in the late 1980s, which progressed to research on fuel cell vehicles a decade later. In the first prototype, based on an Odyssey minivan, the fuel cell system occupied most of the cabin space, barely leaving room for the driver. More research followed and in 1999, Honda premiered a test vehicle carrying a fuel cell stack (FC stack) under the floor. After that, Honda worked on improving the performance of fuel cells by increasing their efficiency output and in 2003 released the Honda FC Stack capable of starting at -20 degrees celsius. Making the fuel cell smaller while achieving these performance improvements remained a constant issue and Honda took on the challenge of meeting the mutually exclusive requirements of higher output and smaller size. The previous model FCX Clarity, a four-passenger sedan released in 2008, presented one such solution. It carried a dramatically smaller fuel cell stack which was able to be packaged within the center tunnel instead of under the floor. With the new Clarity Fuel Cell, Honda successfully reduced the size of the fuel cell stack by 33 percent (compared to the previous model) by increasing the output density.

Integrated Fuel Cell Powertrain Expands Package Flexibility.

Development Began with the Traditional Five-Passenger Sedan Layout.

From the early development stages, Honda aimed at a creating an attractive sedan offering a traditional five-passenger pacakge. In the Clarity Fuel Cell, this was accomplished by not only making the fuel cell stack smaller, but also integrating it with the FCVCU and drive unit. The result is the only fuel cell sedan*1 with the powertrain packaged under the front hood. This gives the Clarity Fuel Cell greater packaging flexibility, opening the way to many possible variants in the future.

(Honda Press Release)

www.caricos.com

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Debuts In Tokyo

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show its brand new, production-ready hydrogen fuel cell car – the Clarity Fuel Cell, announced earlier this month.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will enter the market next year, but the production plan – at least according to Nikkei – at 400 units a year (1,500 in 2020) is too small to even consider it as an alternative to Toyota Mirai.

Clarity Fuel Cell is important because the Japanese manufacturer intends to introduce all-electric and plug-in hybrid versions, and the PHEV will have up to 40 miles of electric range.

Honda differs from the Toyota Mirai, as the downsized FC powertrain is under the hood and the number of seats is 5.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell – Fuel-cell stack

There is a 70 MPa pressure hydrogen tank for up to 700 km (435 miles) range on the highly optimistic JC08 test cycle (slightly more than Mirai).

Motor power stands at 130 kW, while the hydrogen fuel cells stack can deliver 100 kW. The rest of the power we believe will come in for short periods of acceleration from a small lithium-ion battery.

The price in Japan is 7.66 million yen (including consumption tax) – $63,400.

“The all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL fuses the ease of use of a gasoline-powered vehicle and values that are unique to a FCV at a high level. This fusion gives this sedan-type FCV high value and potential to set a benchmark for FCVs now and in the future.

Employing original Honda technologies, the fuel cell stack for this model was downsized by 33% compared to the previous version of the fuel cell stack and yet output of more than 100kW and output density of 3.1kW/L*1 – approximately a 60% improvement – were achieved. The fuel cell powertrain was made as compact as a V6 engine*2, and thus it was made possible to consolidate it under the hood of a sedan-type vehicle for the first time in the world*3. This powertrain layout enabled a full cabin package that seats five adults comfortably .”

 

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell – Fuel-cell Power Train

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

“Combined with improved efficiency of the powertrain and a reduced energy requirement for driving, a 70MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank installed to this vehicle provides a cruising range of more than 700 km*4(Honda internal measurement – for reference), the top-class cruising range among all FCVs. The tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes*5, realizing ease of use equivalent to that of a gasoline-powered vehicle. Furthermore, the high-output motor with maximum output of 130kW*1 realizes both direct, highly-responsive and exhilarating driving experience and excellent quietness at the same time. In addition, when combined with an external power feeding device, the Power Exporter 9000, the all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL can function as a “power plant on wheels” that generates and provides electricity to the community in times of a disaster or other events.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda will begin lease sales in Japan of this all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL in March 2016. For the first year after the start of sales in Japan, Honda will focus on sales mainly to local government bodies or business customers which Honda has already been working together for the popularization of FCVs. During this period, Honda will collect information about the in-market use situation, including the external power feeding device, and gather diverse opinions from customers and other relevant organizations, then later begin sales to individual customers.

Honda will begin with small-volume production at the Production Supervisory Unit and Powertrain Production Supervisory Unit (located in Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi, Japan.), then eventually expand production volume and begin regular sales along with lease sales. The sales price*6 of CLARITY FUEL CELL in Japan will be 7.66 million yen (including consumption tax). The Power Exporter 9000, which has the capacity to feed approximately seven-days’ worth*7 of electricity for an average household, is scheduled to go on sale at the same time as the CLARITY FUEL CELL. CLARITY FUEL CELL will be sequentially evolved into the U.S. and Europe.”

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

“Honda was one of the first automakers to begin focusing attention to hydrogen as a possible solution for issues such as global warming and depletion of fossil fuels. Honda has been positioning the FCV, which emits only water, as the ultimate environmentally-responsible vehicle and has taken a proactive approach to the research and development of FCVs since the late 1980s.

In 2002, the Honda FCX became the first fuel cell vehicle in the world to be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). With these certifications, Honda began lease sales of the Honda FCX in Japan and the U.S. In 2008, Honda became the first automaker to begin lease sales of the FCX Clarity, which featured an innovative sedan-type package and unprecedented driving experience. The all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL was developed based on various data related to the ease of use and driving performance of these previous Honda FCVs.”

Beside the car and the Power Exporter 9000, Honda presented its Smart Hydrogen Station:

“With the goal to make a contribution to the forthcoming hydrogen energy society and to realize the joy and freedom of mobility and a sustainable society where people can enjoy life, Honda will continue taking on new challenges in the area of hydrogen technologies including the Smart Hydrogen Station, FCVs and external power feeding devices under the concept of “generate, use and get connected.”

Smart Hydrogen Station

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Number of occupants 5
Cruising range (reference) More than 700km*4 (Honda internal measurement while being driven in JC 08 Mode
Refueling time Approximately 3 minutes*5
FC maximum output More than 100kW
FC stack output density 3.1kW/L*1
Motor maximum output 130kW
Hydrogen maximum filling pressure 70MPa
Energy storage Lithium-ion battery
Vehicle size (length X width X height) 4,895mmx1,875mmx1,475mm
Price*6 (reference) 7.66 million yen (including consumption tax)
  • Body color (total 3 colors) -Premium Brilliant Garnet Metallic (Roof color: Black / Interior color: Platinum Gray) -While Orchid Pearl (Roof color: Black / Interior color: Platinum Gray) -Crystal Black Pearl (Interior color: Platinum Gray)
  • *1Honda internal measurement
  • *2Honda 3.5L V6 engine
  • *3Among planned production models of sedan-type vehicle, Honda internal research as of October 2015
  • *4Honda internal measurement in JC08 mode and after refueling the vehicle at a hydrogen station with charging pressure of 70 MPa which comply with SAE standards (J2601). The cruising range may vary when the vehicle is refueled at hydrogen station with different specifications, as amount of hydrogen put in the tank will vary depending on the specifications of hydrogen station. The cruising range may also vary significantly depending on conditions of usage (ambient temperature, traffic congestion, etc.) and how the vehicle is driven (sudden starts, use of air-conditioning unit, etc.)
  • *5Honda internal measures using 70MPa station in the exterior temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Time required for refueling may vary depending on conditions.
  • *6This model is currently available exclusively for lease sales. The lease price varies depending on lease terms and plans etc.
  • *7Calculated based on the average daily electricity consumption by an average household (Researched by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan)

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

insideevs.com

2016 Honda Clarity FCV first drive with specs, power and price

Share

  • Facebook
  • Tweet
  • Pinterest
  • Email

Honda has decided that the future of transportation—sorry, we mean the future of personal mobility—is at least substantially tied to what it calls the hydrogen economy; its president and CEO Takahiro Hachigo has even gone so far as to call hydrogen propulsion the “ultimate technology” that his company will pursue.

Put aside for a moment that nagging feeling that hydrogen will be, in perpetuity, about a decade away from widespread adoption: If h3 is the future, then the new 2016 Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicle represents the very bleeding edge of it.

The future is, er, rarely as sleek as you expected it to be, as both this car and the Toyota Mirai demonstrate, but we can tell you that the Clarity seems to work as advertised: We had a chance to crawl around the sedan ahead of the Tokyo motor show, and even had a (very) brief turn at the wheel, plus a similarly short stint in a test mule for its plug-in hybrid platform-mate.

But first, the specs.

Hydrogen fueling stations aren’t exactly bountiful anywhere on the planet, so we’ll get the big one out of the way first: We were told that range is “more than” 700 km on the Japanese test cycle, which translates directly to 435 miles. “Somewhere north of 300 miles” seems like a safe bet for US drivers to keep in mind. It’ll refuel in approximately three minutes (that’s two fewer than the Mirai, but it does vary based on temperature and atmospheric conditions), pumping squeaky-clean h3 into the onboard tanks at a maximum pressure of 70 MPa, or just over 10,000 psi.

That last figure has a lot to do with why the Clarity looks the way it does. Today’s composite h3 tanks wind up being cylindrical to accommodate highly pressurized fuel, which makes them somewhat difficult to tuck away under a vehicle’s body. Either you have a bunch of small tanks, which increase complexity and weight, or a big tank which is somewhat hard to position elegantly. The Clarity splits the difference with a big tank in the trunk, directly behind the rear passenger seat, and a smaller one under the rear seat.

A cutaway model of the Clarity shows the forward position of the fuel cell stack as well as the dual hydrogen tanks. Photo by Graham Kozak

As a result, the Clarity is visually bulky from some angles. It’s not all that big, really: At 192.7 inches in overall length, it’s only about 1.3 inches longer than an Accord sedan (and a third of an inch taller). But it doesn’t seem to compromise on interior space despite the tanks, and there’s still enough room in the trunk to accommodate the all-important trio of golf club bags, even if the styling seems destined to be an acquired taste.

The Clarity’s powertrain is going to seem familiar to anyone accustomed to electric vehicles: Its electric motor supplies a maximum of 130 kW, or 174 hp, and 221 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. It’s actually powered by a lithium ion battery, which in turn is charged up by a fuel cell stack -- which is why the motor’s 130 kW can be higher than the fuel cell’s 100 kW peak output. Here, the stack, which does the not-so-dirty work of converting the onboard h3 into electricity, is down 33 percent in size compared to its forerunners; it’s about the same size as a conventional V6 and sits just about where a gasoline engine would go on a conventional car.

What impact that packaging has on high-speed vehicle dynamics, we can’t say; we simply didn’t have enough time to get more than the briefest of first impressions. From what we can tell, driving is positively unremarkable. There’s the sensation of silent thrust you get with an electric car (which, again, is what a fuel-cell vehicle fundamentally is), but we couldn’t shake the feeling that it packed a little less punch than the EV-retrofitted grown-up go-karts we’re used to getting.

Put your foot down on the accelerator and you’ll hear a strange, faint sucking/whooshing coming from somewhere out near the bow; that’s what a fuel cell’s hydrogen intake sounds like, we were told. It doesn’t exactly set the heart a-racing, but it’s kinda cool, or at least novel.

In an effort to make a fuel cell car that looks, drives and feels as conventional as possible, the Clarity comes off as...a little bit weird from some angles. Photo by Honda

As with the Clarity, our time in in the test mule for an upcoming, next-gen Sports Hybrid i-MMD (that’s for “intelligent multi-mode drive”) was too brief to really get a feel for the technology, but consider this your confirmation that the fuel cell vehicle will have a platform-mate down the road, and it will fill the role of the complicated-but-impressive Accord plug-in hybrid. Electric-only range will be around 39 miles, which isn’t enough to best the 2016 Chevy Volt but is nevertheless about three times better than its predecessor.

The Clarity will hit the Japanese market in March 2016, with early vehicles going into government and business fleets. Leases will then be extended to Japanese consumers, followed by American (read: Californian) and European drivers at some point after that. Its Japanese price is roughly $63,300, including consumption tax, which reflects the fact that it’s essentially a hand-built specialty car at this point.

Will that ever change, with prices dropping as hydrogen refueling infrastructure becomes ever-more widespread? Honda says it will. Just give it around...ten years.

Graham Kozak - Graham Kozak drove a 1951 Packard 200 sedan in high school because he wanted something that would be easy to find in a parking lot. He thinks all the things they're doing with fuel injection and seatbelts these days are pretty nifty too. See more by this author»

autoweek.com

Новая Honda Clarity Fuel Cell на водородных топливных элементах: Тест-драйв

Водородный автомобиль от Хонда, будущее уже рядом

Если Вы — владелец машины на водороде, то Вам наверняка приходится тратить много времени на поиски специализированной АЗС. Ведь на большинстве автозаправочных станций заправляют транспортные средства исключительно бензином и дизельным топливом. Правда, в США водителям водородных автомобилей приходится легче — там потрачено много миллиардов долларов на то, чтобы создать для них всю необходимую инфраструктуру. Американские автолюбители могут заправить свою машину водородом по цене 2,5 долл. за один галлон (примерно 3,8 л).

В последнее время транспортные средства на водородных элементах пользуются довольно стабильным спросом. В частности, их выбирают автолюбители, которые заботятся об экологии. Вместе с тем, их производство поддерживают власти многих стран, так как использование машин на водороде экономит запасы нефти.

 

Впрочем, подавляющее большинство автолюбителей не спешат менять обычный автомобиль на машину, заправляемую водородом. И дело здесь не столько в отсутствии должной инфраструктуры. Просто транспортные средства на водородных элементах прихотливы в обслуживании и отличаются небольшим салоном. Последний пришлось сделать маленьким в силу конструкционных особенностей машины, так как силовая установка на водородных топливных элементах занимает много места. Единственным утешением для водителей может стать дизайн автомобиля. Как правило, такие машины выглядят ультрасовременно и выгодно отличаются на фоне обычных транспортных средств.

А теперь давайте поговорим, собственно, о самой Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. Автопроизводитель позиционирует эту машину как большой седан. Она изготовлена из высококачественных материалов. Первое, что бросается в глаза – хромированная распорка радиаторной решетки, к которой с обеих сторон прилегают удлиненные фары. Несмотря на заверение производителя о том, что Honda Clarity Fuel Cell является седаном, ее с некоторой долей натяжки можно назвать полноценным внедорожником, в который без проблем поместятся пять взрослых людей. Что нетипично для автомобилей, которые оснащены работающей на водороде установкой.

Также мы обратили пристальное внимание на трансмиссию Honda Clarity Fuel Cell — она оставила приятное впечатление. В целом компания Honda сделала в «трансмиссионном» направление колоссальную работу. При этом Вы можете найти несколько видов хороших трансмиссий в таких моделях, как электрическая и водородная версии Ford Focus, Hyundai Tucson. Кстати, последняя машина является гибридной, то есть, она использует не только водород, но и обычный бензин. Сюда же можно отнести и Hyundai Ioniq.

Но все они меркнут на фоне Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, так как эта машина выпускается сразу в трех версиях – электрической, гибридной и водородной. В настоящий момент в США реализуется лишь модель, которая заправляется водородом. Другие же версии Honda Clarity Fuel Cell появятся на американском рынке в течение нынешнего года.

Предлагаем вновь заглянуть в салон автомобиля. Как уже упоминалось, он очень большой. Причем пространства хватает как спереди, так и сзади. Например, пассажир, который расположится по правую руку от водителя, сможет спокойно держать на вытянутых руках iPad или поставить под ноги объемную сумку. Хватает места и на приборной панели — на нее можно складировать много полезных вещей. К слову, сама приборная панель выглядит элегантно, даже несмотря на то, что имеет угловатые линии. В этом есть определенный шарм.

Но, как известно, в каждой бочке меда отыщется ложка с дегтем. Применительно к Honda Clarity Fuel Cell ею является странное отверстие в центре приборной панели. Оно довольно большое. Однако его предназначение нам выяснить так и не удалось.

Разработчики Honda Clarity Fuel Cell хорошо потрудились и над убранством салона. В частности, они обтянули сидения эко-материалом — это искусственная замша, которая изготовлена из переработанной кожи. Наверное, таким образом Honda решила заявить о своей приверженности «зеленому» движению, которое нынче в тренде. Однако многие автолюбители могут банально не оценить данного стремления, так как, в первую очередь, их интересует цена. А эко-материалы стоят немалых денег.

Цилиндрические водородные резервуары занимают много пространства, именно поэтому их часто размещают за задними сидениями. Но специалисты из компании Honda проделали грандиозную работу, чтобы устранить этот недостаток и сделать салон более просторным. В итоге им удалось значительно сократить топливные элементы. При этом они учли опыт предыдущей модели, где часть установки располагалась между водительским и пассажирским сидениями.

Вместе с тем, автолюбителей волнует и другой актуальный вопрос — как узнать показатель эффективности машины на водородных элементах, учитывая расход топлива на одну милю? Что ж, для начала необходимо перевести галлоны в килограммы. Но не будем сильно углубляться в эту тему, так как она подразумевает довольно сложные математические расчеты. Достаточно сказать, что Honda Clarity Fuel Cell выгодно отличается от электромобилей, которые способны проехать без подзарядки всего лишь 366 миль (около 588 км).

Honda громко заявила о себе на весь мир и высоко подняла ставки. В будущем она не имеет права снижать планку, в противном случае ей суждено оказаться в числе неконкурентоспособных автопроизводителей. Пока же Honda Clarity Fuel Cell остается единственной машиной, которая наглядно демонстрирует, как будет выглядеть автомобиль будущего.

Поговорим теперь о комфорте водителя. Садясь за руль Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, автолюбитель испытывает двоякое чувство. С одной стороны, он оказывается в привычном для себя просторном салоне. Но стоит ему завести двигатель, как происходит что-то странное — слышен едва уловимый шум. Вам может показаться, что Вас посадили за руль электромобиля. Но самое интересное начинается потом — Honda Clarity Fuel Cell трогается с места неспешно, как бы нехотя. Автомобиль не издает сильных шумов и в процессе движения, даже, если водитель переключится на спортивный режим езды. На первый взгляд, это может показаться преимуществом. Но на самом деле водитель не чувствует динамичности двигателя. В данном случае Toyota Mirai, которая также заправляется водородом, превосходит Honda ClarityFuel Cell. При этом водородная модель от компании Toyota оснащена дополнительным электродвигателем мощностью 151 л. с. А вот ее водородный мотор эквивалентен 174 л. с. Разница небольшая. Однако, когда водитель нажимает на педаль акселератора Toyota Mirai, то он слышит его приглушенный рокот.

Однако невзирая на различные показатели, нынешнее поколение седанов, оснащенных водородной установкой, не должны оцениваться исключительно по их производительности. В конце концов, подобные машины только начинаю завоевывать симпатии автолюбителей.  Также не будем критиковать и правительства некоторых стран, которые не желают развивать инфраструктуру для таких машин. Всему свое время. Рано или поздно водородные автомобили заполонят улицы наших городов. А уже сейчас для приверженцев водородных транспортных средств есть хорошая новость — та же Honda Clarity Fuel Cell поддерживает LaneWatch и carplay от Apple/Android. Помимо этих полезных опций, машина укомплектована современной системой безопасности.

К сожалению, не каждый автолюбитель сможет позволить себе купить Honda Clarity Fuel Cell — его цена достигает 58 490 долл. Но у американских водителей есть уникальная возможность арендовать этот автомобиль. Например, в Калифорнии официальные дилеры Honda предлагают взять в аренду Honda Clarity Fuel Cell на год и более. Один месяц пользования этим автомобилем обойдется водителю в 369 долл. При этом его можно будет заправлять совершенно бесплатно — стоимость топлива включена в аренду. Правда, здесь есть один нюанс — в отличие от других штатов, в Калифорнии есть только около двух десятков водородных АЗС.

У Honda, несомненно, большие перспективы — она постоянно вкладывает большие финансовые средства в развитие инновационных технологий. Это видно на примере разработанной ею водородной силовой установки. Но в будущем японская компания может столкнуться с серьезными проблемами. Одна из них – нежелание нефтедобывающих компаний уходить с рынка. Впрочем, последнее слово будет за автолюбителями — если они массово пересядут на водородные машины, то автомобильный рынок кардинально изменится. Ждать осталось недолго. Ну а пока водители могут арендовать Honda Clarity Fuel Cell и лично убедиться в том, насколько хороша эта машина. Возможно, она придется им по душе, однако не исключено, что их постигнет разочарование. В любом случае, время покажет.

Автор: Сергей Василенков

Информационное издание: Новости гаи, дтп, штрафы пдд, ГИБДД, Экзамен ПДД онлайн. Техосмотр

sovavto.org


Смотрите также