Honda hydro due this year
Honda Motor Co said on Thursday it will start selling its new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in California by year’s end.
Honda is the latest automaker to bring hydrogen powered vehicles to market amid increasing zero emission vehicle mandates from California and other US states.
The Japanese automaker made the announcement at the Washington auto show, saying the next-generation Honda Clarity Fuel Cell model will cost around US$60,000 (NZ$91,000) with a targeted monthly lease under US$500. Honda declined to say how many it planned to sell.
The vehicle will go on sale in Japan in a few months and in the United States by end of the year. It will initially only be leased.
The vehicle’s platform, or basic underpinnings, will also be used for a new plug-in hybrid electric car due by 2018.
Honda said it expects by 2020 that 20 per cent of its US vehicle sales will be hybrids. It will sell its 2017 Accord hybrid later this year.
One big issue for fuel cell vehicles is that there are only a handful of hydrogen refuelling stations.
Sales will begin at some dealerships in Los Angeles and Orange counties, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. Honda did not offer details about planned sales elsewhere in the United States.