How much does it cost to buy a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle?

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There are many clean car options on the market, but one of the rarest and most unique is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Just like an electric vehicle, a hydrogen car is clean. However, the problem is that only a few people can buy them. If you live in California, you can choose from three hydrogen car options. Here is an overview of their cost.

The 2021 Honda Clarity Hydrogen Fuel Cell

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Although Honda has decided to discontinue the Clarity Fuel Cell, it remains a good option for Californians. However, many drivers interested in the Clarity fuel cell will probably never be able to own one. Honda only offered the car for lease. Rental prices vary, but currently the Clarity fuel cell can be rented for around $379 per month. Because it’s only available for hire, drivers won’t be able to take advantage of federal tax credits.

As the Clarity Fuel Cell was technically an electric vehicle, it featured an electric motor that could generate up to 212 hp and 99 lb-ft of torque. This allowed it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which isn’t fast, but it’s faster than its peers.

In terms of fuel economy and range, the Clarity Fuel Cell achieved 68 mpge and could go about 366 miles on a full tank of hydrogen. Like other Hondas, the Clarity Fuel Cell also came equipped with a ton of smart standard features.

The 2022 Hyundai Nexo

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As far as hydrogen cars are concerned, Nexo is a newcomer. It arrived in California in 2018. This Hyundai is not cheap with a starting price of around $58,000. However, owners can take advantage of federal tax credits since Hyundai sells the Nexo. On top of that, the Nexo is an SUV, which means that although the Hyundai is quite expensive for an SUV of its size, it will offer more space than other hydrogen cars.

Like other hydrogen cars, the Nexo will not be powerful, as its electric motor only develops around 174 hp. It will take the Nexo 8.4 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. That said, the Nexo has a range of up to 380 miles and gets around 61 mpge combined. Another good thing about the Nexo is its interior, which comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen and plenty of standard features. The cabin design is also nice and futuristic.

The 2022 Toyota Mirai

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The last hydrogen option available is the Mirai. Like the Clarity Fuel Cell, the Mirai is a sedan, but much cheaper than the Nexo with the Mirai starting at around $50,000. Like other hydrogen cars, the Mirai is currently only sold in California. And just like the Nexo, customers can take advantage of federal electric vehicle tax credits when they purchase the Mirai.

The Mirai isn’t terribly fast with its electric motor only developing around 182bhp and taking around 9.1 seconds to accelerate from 0-60mph. However, it is very fuel efficient with 67 MPGe and a range of around 402 miles on a full tank of hydrogen. It will also have some nice features like a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a bunch of smart safety systems including adaptive cruise control.

So if you live in California and are looking for an alternative to an electric vehicle but still want something eco-friendly, hydrogen fuel cell technology may be the way to go.

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