These statistics include sales of all 3 versions of the Clarity: hydrogen fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid. Honda has leased two generations of its FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle to governments and eventually also to retail customers. They were intended as trial cars for the hydrogen fuel cell technology in the same way the General Motors EV1 was for electric cars in the 1990s. They weren’t intended for sale and only in very limited numbers to test how the technology would work in daily driving situations and how the users would experience the technology.
In December 2016 Honda launched the all-new Clarity FCV (pictured above), which is intended for retail sales and higher volumes. It’s the second mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for sale in California, after the Toyota Mirai, but has a longer range of 366 miles (589 km). In 2017 the Clarity BEV (pictured below) was launched, the second version of the Clarity to go on sale in the US. Honda claims that the aim for the Clarity BEV was to offer a practical range for the average commuter at an affordable price. The result of this philosophy is an 89-mile range at a time when the Chevrolet Bolt EV offers a 238-mile range at a similar price. And with a limited hydrogen fuel station infrastructure, the PHEV plug-in hybrid version that will follow in 2018 may end up being the most interesting of the three versions.