The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, which will be launched in the United States later this year, has received an Environmental Protection Agency-certified (EPA) driving range of 589 km (or 366 miles), giving it the best range rating of any electric vehicle without an internal combustion engine, including fuel cell and all-electric vehicles, in the country.

Other electric vehicles that are rated at more than 483 km (300 miles) of range include the battery-powered Tesla Model S P100D with 507 km (315 miles) and the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai with 502 km (312 miles).

The Clarity Fuel Cell also received a fuel economy rating of 68 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent combined (MPGe), but that isn’t enough to take the top position away from the BMW i3, which boasts 124 MPGe.

“Not only does the Clarity Fuel Cell fit five passengers and refuel in three to five minutes, it offers customers a driving range on par with gasoline-powered cars,” said Steve Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at Honda US.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

“The Clarity leads the pack with a 366 mile driving range rating, and with a growing network of hydrogen stations and fast fueling time, the zero-emissions family road trip is no longer science fiction,” he added.

The Clarity Fuel Cell is scheduled to begin deliveries to customers in select California markets in late 2016, with a targeted monthly lease price of under USD$500 (RM2,084).

Two other electrified models – the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, both of which are set to be launched in the United States in 2017, will join the Clarity Fuel Cell as well.