Fuel Cell Cars

2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell now at California dealerships

Get your green on in the carpool lane with Honda's latest hydrogen-powered EV.

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If you've been waiting to get your mitts on a hydrogen-powered 2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, today is your day. The vehicles are now available for lease in 12 Honda dealerships. Of course, there's a catch -- the cars are only available in California.

This is the second year the model has been available, and Honda has more-or-less held the line on pricing. A 36-month lease can be had for $369 per month with $2,868 due at signing, and California customers are eligible for a $5,000 rebate. Included in the lease are an allowance of 20,000 miles per year, $15,000-worth of hydrogen fuel and 24/7 roadside assistance. 

The lease also includes 21 days of luxury vehicle rental from Avis, a welcome perk for when lessees need to drive out beyond where they'd find hydrogen stations.

However, the biggest perk to driving a Clarity Fuel Cell is arguably its coveted California Clean Air Vehicle sticker, which allows single drivers access to the state's highway carpool lanes.  

Honda's Clarity Fuel Cell eats hydrogen and spits out water. 

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The Clarity Fuel Cell has a range of 366 miles and can be refueled in under five minutes. However, hydrogen stations remain few and far between, even in a hippie-green state like California.

Honda has said that it expects two-thirds of its global sales will be electric cars by 2030, with fuel cell models like this Clarity making up a portion of that total. The Clarity lineup also features the Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid. For those who want to drive a green car but don't care for the Clarity family's unconventional looks, the company also offers its 2018 Accord Hybrid and 2019 Insight models.