Honda's Clarity hydrogen fuel-cell car goes on sale in California later this year. When it does, it will have the longest range of any zero-emissions vehicle on the market, although there are plenty of strings attached.
The US EPA gave the Tesla battery, which provides only 315 miles to the Model S P100D, that previously claimed top-range honors. The Clarity Fuel Cell isn't a battery-electric vehicle, though -- it's a hydrogen fuel-cell car, which takes compressed hydrogen gas and turns it into electricity, with water as the only byproduct.an estimated range of 366 miles. This trumps even the latest, largest
Of course, you're probably going to have a hard time actually purchasing the Clarity Fuel Cell. The car will go on sale in California and nowhere else, because the infrastructure to support hydrogen cars barely exists outside the Golden State. Honda says its expanded dealer network now consists of a 12 outlets.
That will change, eventually, as Honda expands its Clarity lineup. Slated to rest alongside the Clarity Fuel Cell are the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In. Those two vehicles, especially the plug-in hybrid, will greatly expand the potential buying market and will be the true test of whether or not the market is ready to embrace the Clarity.