A Look at the 2017 Honda Clarity
From their VTEC engine to advanced active safety features, Honda has always been at the forefront of vehicular innovation. In 2017, the Japanese automaker takes it to a new level. This year marks the release of the 2017 Honda Clarity, which is Honda’s first full-scale commercial launch of a hydrogen-powered vehicle. While the success of the platform hinges on refueling stations and ease-of-use, the Clarity looks to set the precedent for the next generation of alternative fuel cars. Here’s just a glance into the adventurous new model from Honda.
How Does It Work?
Without getting into the jargon of advanced engineering, the Clarity is a fuel cell car that combines hydrogen from its fuel tank and oxygen from the air to power an electric motor. While it’s still in the early stages of what it can become in the future, the most exciting part is that it produces zero exhaust, releasing only water as you drive. In addition, it refuels in only three minutes, as well as providing a range of up to 400 miles. If reducing carbon emissions is an achievable goal, the Clarity is a step in the right direction.
One of the biggest qualms that many people have with alternative fuel vehicles is their less than stellar appearance. However, the Clarity boasts a variety of external features that make it appear similar to its gasoline-powered rivals. Standout specs include unique LED headlamps, high-intensity red LED tail lights, and even aerodynamically designed, yet tasteful wheels. It also comes in three color choices including Crystal Black Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, and Bordeaux Red Metallic.
An Advanced Cabin
The Clarity tries to break the mold of other alternative fuel cars not only on the outside, but on the interior as well. The instrument cluster is well-designed and modernized, giving you readouts of fuel, battery life, and easy-to-read feedback on your driving style and ways to improve it. Your speed is also projected on the windshield, so you don’t have to look down to tell how fast you’re going. Other attributes include Android Auto and Apple Carplay for smartphone integration, climate control, and various drive modes to tackle different driving situations and terrain.
While Honda has yet to release the safety features of the Clarity, it most likely will come with some of the advanced safety features found on other Honda models, including portions of Honda Sensing. This includes specs like forward collision warning, a rearview camera, and lane-keeping assist. In addition to these features, Honda also firmly secures the hydrogen portion of the system so there’s no risk of fire in a crash. It also uses a lightweight, yet durable frame that can come out of an accident with less damage to the vehicle and its occupants.
If you aren’t yet ready for the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle of the future, don’t worry. Honda plans to release an electric version and a plug-in version as early as spring of 2017. Until then, you’ll have to decide whether you’re ready for technological adventure.
*Based on 2016 EPA mileage/highway estimates and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $835.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.