Green Car News Roundup: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, Nissan Leaf
Carmakers are focusing on green cars and a number of companies have vehicles that have less impact on the environment in comparison to the cars running on diesel or gasoline. Here is a news roundup of some green cars: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, Hyundai Tuscan Fuel Cell and the Nissan Leaf.
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
Honda unveiled the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell at the Tokyo Motor show in October 2015. The carmaker announced that the Clarity Fuel Cell will have a price tag of about $60,000 and will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of this year. Initially, Honda will not sell the Clarity Fuel Cell but will lease out the car for $500 per month.
The electric motor in the mid-sized sedan produces 174 horsepower and 221-pound-feet of torque. A battery in the car offers the needed electricity for the running. Honda claims that owners of the Clarity Fuel Cell will be able to cover 300 miles with a full tank of hydrogen.
The fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) do not emit harmful gases and reflects the company's commitment to address global warming and depletion of fossil fuels.
The hydrogen-powered Honda car will be available in three colors: Premium Brilliant Garnet Metallic, White Orchid Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl.
Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell
Hyundai claims that the Tucson Fuel Cell is the first mass-produced FCV. The demands for FCVs are increasing but Hyundai, like other FCV makers, is limiting deliveries due to the lack of hydrogen refueling stations.
The first Tuscan Fuel Cell car was delivered to its owner in June 2014 and now there are about 100 of these cars on the Streets of Southern California. Hyundai has announced that it will also start deliveries of the car in Northern California soon.
Just like the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, customers cannot buy the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. However, customers have the option to lease the vehicle for $499 per month.
The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell has achieved a maximum speed of 94.6 miles per hour and owners can cover 265 miles with a full tank of hydrogen.
Nissan introduced the compact five-door hatchback - the Nissan Leaf - in Japan in 2010. The Nissan Leaf is a 100 percent electric car, which means no gas emissions.
Nissan has already announced the 2016 Leaf, which features a 30 kWh battery and a full charge can offer about 107 miles - an increase of 27 percent over the 24 kWh battery. The 2016 Nissan Leaf has a starting price tag of just more than $29,000.
"The new battery offers more advantages than just the 27 percent increase in driving range - it also offers improved battery performance," said Andrew Speaker, director, Nissan EV Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America.
Customers can charge their Nissan Leaf at home and also at electric-vehicle only parking stalls. There are not many places where customers can re-charge the battery of their car; however, by the end of 2016 there will be about 20,000 electric car charging stations across the U.S.
Owners of electric vehicles can search for charging stations across the U.S. by visiting EZ Charge's website.