Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle ready for HyFIVE in Europe

Four other automakers will deploy fuel-cell vehicles in EU project.

The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is officially fresh off the boat on the other side of the Pond. Honda has delivered its first production fuel-cell vehicle to Europe as part of the Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) demonstration project that's being administered by the European Union, the automaker said Tuesday. The first European drivers of the Clarity Fuel Cell will be in London and Copenhagen.

The EU is putting on the HyFIVE project to help promote fuel-cell vehicle adoption as a way to reduce emissions. Honda is one of five automakers that will deploy 185 fuel-cell vehicles to prospective drivers in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and the UK.

Honda plans to start selling the Clarity Fuel Cell in the US by the end of the year and is expected to offer it both for sale at about $60,000, and for lease at $369 a month. That leasing pricetag is the new magic number when it comes to production fuel-cell vehicles in the States, with the Toyota Mirai sedan also at around that level. Honda said last month that the 2017 model-year version will have a full-tank (of hydrogen) range of 366 miles. That gives the Clarity Fuel Cell the longest range for any production zero-emissions vehicle in the US, beating out the 2016 Tesla Model S P100D (315 miles) and 2017 Mirai (312 miles).

Additionally, Honda says that two-thirds of its fleet will be "electrified" by 2030, implying that the Clarity Fuel Cell and its electric and PHEV siblings are just one part of a far broader effort to pull bring the automaker's fleetwide emissions down.

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