2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda's second-gen Clarity Fuel Cell is so clean you could drink from it

The new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is both the successor to the FCX Clarity, which was produced in limited quantities between 2008 and 2014, and the first in a new series of Clarity vehicles that will span the gamut of modern green alternative fuels. We know that the tech inside the car works and does so reliably, but the future of the fuel that powers it is still uncertain. It's both a safe bet and a big risk, for both the automaker and the prospective buyer.

I spent a week with one of the very first, rare examples on the road in America to learn what it's like to daily drive, fill up and live with Honda's best bet for our automotive future.

The most common element, the rarest of fuels

Like that model that preceded it, this Clarity is a car that runs silently by converting hydrogen fuel into electricity to drive the wheels with the only tailpipe emission being pure water. You could actually drink this car's emissions -- it wouldn't taste like much, lacking the minerals of tap or bottled water, but it wouldn't harm you at all.

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