The Indian Auto Expo 2018 has been quite a spectacle, especially when it comes to electric mobility. From electric vehicle concepts to all-electric models that are close to making their debut on Indian roads, there is plenty of environment-friendly action going on at the expo. And one of the key showcases on this topic is the Honda Clarity. First seen at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and put into production in 2016, the Honda Clarity has just made its Indian debut at the expo. ALSO READ: Kia SP Concept (Hyundai Creta Rival) Unveiled at Auto Expo 2018; India Launch by End 2019
The new Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicle (FCV) has a range of 750 km, with a fuel cell stack that is smaller than its previous version, the Honda FCX Clarity. Despite the cut in fuel cell stack size, the Clarity has just as much output as the FCX, at around 103 kW. The hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell stack generates electricity and the new Fuel Cell Voltage Converter Unit then converts this electricity to up to 500. The drive motor can deliver up to 130 kW of power and 300 Nm of torque.
Underpinning the Honda Clarity is a high-strength bespoke chassis. The futuristic-looking FCV measures 4,915 mm in length, 1,480 mm in height and 1,875 mm in width. It has a 135 mm ground clearance and a wheelbase of 2,750 mm. Electricity from the fuel cell stack is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack, which provides the electricity to the drive motor. The fuel cell stack delivers more electricity directly to the motor when more power is needed. NOW READ: Hyundai Ioniq at Auto Expo 2018: See All Features, Specifications, Details
There are two hydrogen storage tanks with a total capacity of 141 litres. Most of the storage is in the main tank of 117 litres, located under the storage space. The secondary tank of 24 litres lies below the rear seats. The Clarity, for all its cutting edge capabilities, is only available on lease. In Japan, it is priced at the equivalent of around INR 44 lakhs. But don’t expect to lease out this car anytime on Indian streets; Honda has no plans to launch it in India.