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Episode 35, Honda drives into the future with Clarity

Chris White of the California Fuel Cell Partnership drives as Honda Clarity Fuel Cell.

William Lai of Fremont, California, and Chris White of West Sacramento, California, are among early adopters to the Honda Clarity. Lai, who has owned three electrics cars, drives the all-electric variety. Walker drives the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell.

The Honda Clarity is currently only available in California and Oregon.

Chris White drives a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. It operates on hydrogen and has a 366-mile range.
Chris White drives a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. It operates on hydrogen and has a 366-mile range.

A pioneer in the alternative fuel vehicles (the original Insight debuted in 2000, a few months before the Toyota Prius) Honda has also equipped its new vehicles with Honda Sensing. It’s the carmaker’s “intelligent suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies designed to alert you to things you might miss while driving.”

In Episode 35 of The Weekly Driver podcast below, hosts Bruce Alert and James Raia discuss with Lai and White their experiences with their new cars.

Specifically, the two guests detail one component of Honda Sensing, the Collision Mitigation Braking System. It “applies brake pressure when an unavoidable collision is determined.”

William Lai drives a Honda Clarity electric.
William Lai drives a Honda Clarity electric. It has an 89-mile range.

Lai and White believe the system stopped potential catastrophe before it occurred. The two Clarity drivers also provide insight into their driving habits and how the Clarity fits into their respective lifestyles.

White, director of communications at the California Fuel Cell Partnership in Sacramento, was the first person in Northern California to have the Clarity. Lai leased the electric trim after changing his mind from his intial interest in the Chevrolet Bolt.

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