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The first hydrogen-fuelled Honda arrives

If you like the sound of a car with zero emissions and the potential for 366 miles without visiting a petrol station than welcome to Honda's new hydrogen fuelled vehicle.

The six of these Clarity cars have been delivered to Europe, spread between London and Copenhagen, as the firm looks to test its new technology in a real-world environment.

The difference with Honda's Clarity fuel cell is that it's the first hydrogen vehicle to house the entire stack under the bonnet so there's enough room in a cabin for five people.

The 366 miles range, that's 589 km, is the greatest range of any production zero emissions vehicle.

The potential for hydrogen fuelled cars from Honda

If you like the sound of a car with zero emissions and the potential for 366 miles without visiting a petrol station than welcome to Honda's new hydrogen fuelled vehicle.

The six of these Clarity cars have been delivered to Europe, spread between London and Copenhagen, as the firm looks to test its new technology in a real-world environment.

The difference with Honda's Clarity fuel cell is that it's the first hydrogen vehicle to house the entire stack under the bonnet so there's enough room in a cabin for five people.

The 366 miles range, that's 589 km, is the greatest range of any production zero emissions vehicle.

The potential for hydrogen fuelled cars from Honda

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Honda's first hydrogen fuelled car has arrived in the UK.

While hybrids and electric cars get lots of attention, the potential for hydrogen fuelled cars from Honda is huge since the running costs will be minimal but drivers will struggle to find hydrogen refuelling locations.

Honda has spent more than 30 years developing and researching hydrogen fuel cell technology and they are looking to commercialise the vehicles in the coming years.

To help boost the new segment, there are 185 fuel cell vehicles being tested from five carmakers with customers in the corporate and private sector in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Austria.

Along with other major carmakers, Honda is committing itself to making two thirds of its worldwide sales consisting of cars with an electric powertrain by 2030.

Honda Clarity made its debut at this year's Tokyo motor show

The Honda Clarity, which made its debut at this year's Tokyo motor show, is the world's first production fuel cell car.

However, there are also other impressive hydrogen creations from Hyundai and Toyota.

Indeed, the Toyota Mirai is an excellent fuel cell vehicle with lots of technical innovations on board to make it a very attractive proposition.

Honda says its new Clarity has two hydrogen tanks and the vehicle is aimed as an attractive cruising vehicle rather than being a performance car but with the motor producing 134 bhp there's enough going on under the bonnet to impress.

How a hydrogen fuel cell system works

hydrogen-fuelled-honda-car-trust-2For those wondering how a hydrogen fuel cell system works then essentially the driver uses compressed hydrogen which is then mixed with oxygen within the car's fuel cells to create electricity to power an electric motor.

This means that these electric cars have no engine noise and instant power but can travel further than an all-electric car, for instance.

There are no indications on prices or the spec for the Clarity but the car is expected to enter production next year and until then we should keep our eyes peeled for those lucky drivers getting to put a hydrogen car to the test.

While hybrids and electric cars get lots of attention, the potential for hydrogen fuelled cars from Honda is huge since the running costs will be minimal but drivers will struggle to find hydrogen refuelling locations.

Honda has spent more than 30 years developing and researching hydrogen fuel cell technology and they are looking to commercialise the vehicles in the coming years.

To help boost the new segment, there are 185 fuel cell vehicles being tested from five carmakers with customers in the corporate and private sector in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Austria.

Along with other major carmakers, Honda is committing itself to making two thirds of its worldwide sales consisting of cars with an electric powertrain by 2030.

Honda Clarity made its debut at this year's Tokyo motor show

The Honda Clarity, which made its debut at this year's Tokyo motor show, is the world's first production fuel cell car.

However, there are also other impressive hydrogen creations from Hyundai and Toyota.

Indeed, the Toyota Mirai is an excellent fuel cell vehicle with lots of technical innovations on board to make it a very attractive proposition.

Honda says its new Clarity has two hydrogen tanks and the vehicle is aimed as an attractive cruising vehicle rather than being a performance car but with the motor producing 134 bhp there's enough going on under the bonnet to impress.

How a hydrogen fuel cell system works

hydrogen-fuelled-honda-car-trust-2For those wondering how a hydrogen fuel cell system works then essentially the driver uses compressed hydrogen which is then mixed with oxygen within the car's fuel cells to create electricity to power an electric motor.

This means that these electric cars have no engine noise and instant power but can travel further than an all-electric car, for instance.

There are no indications on prices or the spec for the Clarity but the car is expected to enter production next year and until then we should keep our eyes peeled for those lucky drivers getting to put a hydrogen car to the test.