Honda Clarity Fuel Cell: Test, Technical Data, Price

Driving report Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell: More courage!

  • Site editor Sebastian Viehmann (Copenhagen)

The German manufacturers have overslept an important trend? Not directly – Audi and Mercedes will soon bring SUV with fuel cells. Others have been working on it for a long time. Honda’s latest hydrogen sedan shows the success. First test.

Imagine that you could drive a car that does not produce any pollutants that has a range of a gasoline car, drives purely electrically – but does not hang on the charging cable for hours, but is almost fully fueled as your petrol or diesel. In other words, you have all the advantages of your usual car, but not its disadvantages. And you can only smile tiredly about any new environmental zone, because your car comes in everywhere. But above all: you do not need to change your behavior, just because any ecologically armed folk educator want to spoil your driving. There is no such car, they mean? There has been a long time: the fuel cell vehicle.

Hydrogen, fuel cell, electrical

The manufacturer Honda has done pioneering work in this area – and is already introducing its second generation of the fuel cell limousine Clarity Fuel Cell. The forerunner FCX came onto the market in 2008, and the Japanese made the first attempts at walking with hydrogen in the late 1990s.

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Annoying for Honda: Competitor Toyota was faster with the Mirai this time and Hyundai is also hung up – with the SUV IX35 Fuelcell . In the United States, 200 Claritys have already been sold. But what is that actually, a fuel cell vehicle? What can it, what can it not, where are the chances and where the problems? Site explains and tests the car in ten points.

1. How does a fuel cell car work?

To put it simply: A fuel cell vehicle is an electric car that never has to go to the power line. Because it has its itself on board. The Honda Clarity works as follows:

  • Of the Fuel cell stack In the engine compartment, with oxygen and hydrogen generated electrical energy through chemical reaction.
  • The maximum output of 130 kW / 176 hp is via one Electric motor and a gear (with only one reduction) handed over to the front axle.
  • The 1.7 kWh large Buffer battery Together with the fuel cell, the maximum performance and a torque of 300 Newton meters enable under the front seats. When delay and braking, as with a normal electric car, energy can flow back into the battery (recuperation).
  • An electrical Turbo compressor ensures a sufficient fresh air and therefore amount of oxygen for the fuel cell.
  • The Hydrogen (H2) gets the cell from two H2 print tanks (700 bar) behind the rear seats of the Honda.

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Cattle man Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

2. How does the Honda Clarity drive?

The operation is as simple as with a normal electric car: press the start button, switch the gearbox lever to D, drive off. And then the Japanese collects a lot of plus points:

  • The acceleration is neat with 9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, the passage on the highway too-even if you don’t reach a Tesla level, of course. A maximum of 165 km/h are in it, which means that the Clarity is faster than most electric cars.
  • The handling of the Honda is much better than the wooden-synthetic driving behavior of a Toyota Prius. The car feathers with its multilink back axle skilfully fell away. The steering is precise and-not many electric car manufacturers-are free to create this free of drive influences. The 1.8 -ton Honda is noticeable in rapid curves, but the driving behavior is very pleasant overall.
  • The Japanese placed great value on noise insulation, and that has paid off. With double -glazed slices and various insulation, the passenger cabin remains a quiet retreat even at high speed. Cruising through the city or on the highway is completely relaxing in Clarity.

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3. What is different from the normal electric car?

Nothing in terms of feeling. Stepless acceleration, whispering sound sound, all of this is known from BMW i3, Renault Zoe and Co. In sports mode, the gas acceptance of the Honda is a bit more spontaneous-but you don’t notice a big difference. The intensity of the brake energy recovery (feels like an engine braking) is then also increased.

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Cattle man Honda Clarity engine compartment. The voltage controller for the fuel cell, which is located directly below

There is a strange difference when the car drives past you: when the throttle is full throttle, a hissing sound overlaps the electric wheels. It arises from the fact that the compressed air is pressed into the fuel cell and the water vapor – the only locally resulting "exhaust gas" of the Honda – is pressed out on the underbody of the car.

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4. How far do I actually get with the car?

Officially, Honda speaks of 650 to 700 kilometers, but based on the (soon no longer valid) NEFZ cycle. During our test drives, the on -board computer showed an average consumption of 80 to 90 kilometers per kilogram of hydrogen, so that around 400 to 500 kilometers appear realistic in a full tank (5 kilograms). You can only say that more precisely after a later everyday test.

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The hydrogen tank in turn (see video) is simple and takes about three minutes. This would also be the biggest advantage of the fuel cell compared to a pure electric drive: the lengthy charging – depending on the battery size and available loading capacity, this can take many hours – falls away from a Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai or Hyundai IX35 Fuelcell. You almost refuel as you know from a gasoline or gas car.

5. What else can the car (and what not)?

The Honda offers five people comfortably space. It is not too tight in the rear either. The biggest shortcoming is the trunk: it is tiny for a car in mid-range format with 334 liters and you cannot fold the back seat because the two large hydrogen tanks need their place.

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Cattle man The trunk of the fuel cell hyundai is very small

The cockpit of the Honda is installed with a somewhat crude center console. The black "wood inlays" are made of plastic, which you can only see at second glance. Absolutely not up to date is the infotainment and navigation system with its mega-fiddling operation and the rough graphic. Here the Japanese should quickly change the supplier. The test car did not have a cruise control on board, but it will be on board with a series use in Europe as well as a distance control (there is already a Honda CR-V) or a head-up display.

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Honda Honda Clarity cockpit

6. A hydrogen car actually has to look like this?

Probably yes. The design is not as spacig as that of the Toyota Mirai, but the comb rear with the lousy overview of the aerodynamics is obviously mandatory, at least for Japanese designers. The air slots (patented by Honda) and the partial cladding on the rear wheels also serve to improve aerodynamics.

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7. What does the Honda cost and where do I get it?

Currently nowhere – at least in Germany. A total of ten vehicles come to Europe, three are already driving in London, three more in Copenhagen. They are part of the so-called hifive project, to which 37 partners from industry and auto industry have come together. BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota.

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Honda Basically, the Honda Clarity is an electric car. However, its electricity does not come from a battery, but is generated in fuel cells.

In the United States, the Japanese have already delivered 200 copies, There the car costs 57.$ $,000 or $ 369 a month – including a tank voucher. It is an open secret that manufacturers of fuel cell cars are currently still paying a lot with every car sold. "You don’t want to know how much that is", Such a car manager behind the scenes.

8th. How many petrol stations are there?

The production of hydrogen needs a lot of energy. In principle, there was a way to use the excess current of wind energy sensibly. The actual ecological balance of such a vehicle depends on this: the invoice only works if the hydrogen gas comes from regenerative sources (sun, wind, biomass or hydropower).

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Cattle man Evalive driving level control in the Honda Clarity – it reminds a little of the buttons in the NSX

With not even 20 petrol stations and around two dozen more, the H2 network in Germany is still tiny (Information on the current petrol station situation is available on the website of the "Clean -Energy Partnership"))).The classic hen-egg problem (without a tank infrastructure nobody buys a hydrogen car and vice versa) can only be solved by corresponding signals from the auto industry, the energy industry and politics. If, for example, Volkswagen has just announced that it wants to double the natural gas filling station network by 2025 – why shouldn’t that also work with hydrogen? Building 1000 H2 petrol stations would roughly cost as much as 50 kilometers of motorway. In Germany, only a few mineral oil companies are interested in the topic. In addition, the Honda Clarity project manager Thomas Brachmann says that the supply industry has not yet been adjusted to the mass production of suitable hydrogen tanks.

9. Some electric cars already have 400 kilometers of range today. Who still needs the fuel cell?

The progress in battery technology actually puts the hydrogen drive under pressure. For the coming years, manufacturers such as BMW or Tesla have announced battery -electric cars with a range of more than 700 kilometers . Fuel cell cars would then have the advantage that the loading times are omitted. In addition, since they only need small batteries, they would not be as dependent on raw materials as lithium.

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Computer drawing: Reichel Car Design That could be the next I model from BMW

10. The German auto industry slept on the subject of hydrogen?

no. Honda, Hyundai, Toyota are the hydrogen pioneers in the series. German manufacturers have no series models yet, but that was a strategic decision. Because Daimler already showed series-ready cars years ago that VW and Audi have tested hydrogen vehicles and BMW is still on the ball. The first series models come from Mercedes (on the IAA in September there is a fuel cell SUV) and Audi. However, the Germans are currently focusing on alternative drives in battery-electric cars, plug-in hybrids and (recently again) for natural gas. It remains open whether this decision is strategically correct – in any case, the race for the future is exciting.The author traveled at the manufacturer’s invitation

Everything about electromobility

On our e-mobility portal site you will find all e-vehicles & hybrids available on the German market with technical data, prices, delivery times and model comparisons. There are ongoing insider news, tests of all important vehicles, an overview of charging stations and a range computer.

You can also arrange a test drive for your desired car for free and start e-mobility easily.

Manufacturer: Honda
Type: Fuel cell car
Engine: Synchronous electromotor
Perfomance: 130 kW
(177 hp)
Top speed: 165 km/h
further data…
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h: 9 seconds
Transmission: Infinitely varied
Drive: Front -wheel drive
Battery type: Lithium ion (buffer battery); Polymer electrolyte fuel cell as a main energy source
Range electrical: 700 km
Loading option to household socket: no
Load options and types of plugs: Two hydrogen tanks (700 bar) for Max. 5 kg H2 to supply the fuel cell, turbo compressor to compact the intake air
Charging time: H2 tank process: approx. 3 minutes
Length: 4920 mm
Empty weight: 1860 kg
Seats: 5
Battery included in the price: Yes
Details: Vehicle is currently not available in Germany; estimated purchase price approx. 75.000 – 80.000 euros, price in the USA approx. 57.$ $

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12 thoughts on “Honda Clarity Fuel Cell: Test, Technical Data, Price”

  1. Whether hydrogen prevails ..
    … will not depend on vehicles or petrol stations, but on whether there is still a clear … more efficient technology is found to make it. As long as hydrogen is made from fossil fuels, you can put on LPG right away. However, this can only be a temporary solution, since from 2050 everything should be CO₂-neutral at the latest. Otherwise there is only the electrolysis of electricity, which is insanely inefficient. So you would need the four -time amount of solar cells o. a., What is unrealistic. It would be better to "Solar cell" to develop that can convert sunlight directly into hydrogen. Or CO₂-neutral biogas plants?

  2. Hydrogen is too inefficient,
    Too expensive in production and technology too maintenance -intensive – or is that the reason why it is more interesting for the German Autolobby than a battery+e -drive? A current Hyundai Ioniq needs 10 kWh/100km – this hydrogen bomber requires the equivalent of 85 kWh (1 liter h/100km)! And that should be better than pure electric drive? 6 Set!

  3. Doesn’t stop the madness ?
    Around 10 years ago I was able to testify a prototype from Honda in Offenbach – yes, it is fun, but it is according to today’s standards "just" An electric car of the false is in the hydrogen ! A hydrogen vehicle first needs the 4 !-Folding amount of energy for driving, since the generating of the necessary hydrogen is very energy -consuming (approx. 65 kWh for 1 kg of hydrogen ca. 100km) – This drives one "conventional" E -car already 400km add the massive problems of storage and refueling because hydrogen styles at 700bar or -253 ° C is stored ???

  4. End
    oil? The known supplies are enough for well over 100 years. How to use the oil but stands on a different sheet.

  5. You can only long for the brain, sorry!
    Hydrogen cars have been around for a long time . Why was this technique not promoted? The lobby and ours "capable" Thanks to politicians !!! Now you struggle with electric cars. I wonder why? The magic word begins with l …Well, who will be on it ?

  6. Would be important
    That all car manufacturers agree on the water drive. That would bring us on instead of small as before

  7. BMW has long been on the…
    Tripp and, as described by my prescriber, generated hydrogen cars. Only the technology was still against any lobby at the time…And so far too clean for the market!? And now the D-media come with a so-called pioneer from Honda or other providers from the Kuve!? Dear writer, better research and then a few shoes will be made of it! HDW U. Th-achen played with the engines almost 40 years ago… But Honda probably brings the first hybrid to the market with this coupling technique, if so.

  8. None of this is quite so new.
    Already on 5. May 1999, BMW opened the world’s first public hydrogen petrol station at the Munich Airport. Until 2004 alone, the BMW hydrogen vehicles and three buses operated with hydrogen took over a total of over 500.000 kilometers without any noteworthy problems. None of this is quite so new. Only the expensive production of hydrogen is still a problem.

  9. Dead life longer…
    Already in the mid-1980s there was a finished concept for a hydrogen/fuel cell vehicle based on a 7 SERE. Until the Saudis bought stocks….What happened there is probably clear…!

  10. I would buy F-Cell immediately
    If there were a sufficient petrol station network for hydrogen and the prices at level of current Beninern would be.

  11. Not new
    DB has significantly promoted the development of the fuel cell in vehicles. In Stuttgart city traffic, hydrogen -powered line buses have been running for years. Audi has also presented its concept for energy supply in Germany for a few years, according to which vehicles should also be refueled with hydrogen. I think the problem is less with us the innovative strength of our auto industry, rather than a shy and incompetent policy. With the Audi concept you could have become a pioneer in environmental protection. I still don’t understand why the concept was never discussed.

  12. I already understand!
    The lobby and the market were not yet ripe because with diesel super and co. could be shiny and earn a lot of money… And the Germans actually have the technology in order to throw this car engine generation on the market from zero to a hundred to a hundred! And politics: they are dear but not particularly intellectual, and they always need a lot of money for mistaken plans!


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