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Honda Touts Zero-Emissions Automobiles

Honda Touts Zero-Emissions AutomobilesHonda Touts Zero-Emissions Automobiles

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 Environmental Protection Agency gave the Clarity Fuel Cell an estimated range of 560 kilometers. This trumps even the latest, largest Tesla battery, which provides only 506 km to the Model S P100D, that previously claimed top-range honors, reported.  The Clarity Fuel Cell is not a battery-electric vehicle, though. It is a hydrogen fuel-cell car that takes compressed hydrogen gas and turns it into electricity, with water as the only byproduct. 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 mentions that its "expanded" network consists of a mere 12 filling stations. Talk about a limited market. 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.


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