Honda rolls out fuel cell in Japan, to lease 200 first year

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

TOKYO (AP) — Honda has rolled out a new fuel cell vehicle, the first of its kind to be a five-seater. The zero-emissions Clarity may not sell in big numbers, however, given its price tag of 7.66 million yen ($67,000).

Honda Motor Co. said Thursday that its Japan sales target for the first year is just 200 vehicles, all of them through leasing to government organizations or businesses.

Honda says the Clarity will go on sale in California later this year for about $60,000, and will lease for under $500 a month.

All the world's major automakers are working on fuel cells.

They are super-clean, running on the energy created when hydrogen stored as fuel combines with oxygen in the air and so emits only water.