Simple guide to how fuel cell cars work

How does the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell work?

How does the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell work?

You’ve probably heard of hybrid and electric vehicles, but now there is a new kid on the block. It’s the fuel cell car and it’s taking the world by storm. In fact, Honda recently released the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell car. But what is it exactly and how does it work? Here’s a closer look.

How do fuel cell cars work?

Fuel cell cars or FVCs use hydrogen gas instead of gasoline. This makes fuel cell cars more environmentally friendly because there are no tailpipe emissions. FVCs use a variety of technologies to make every drive as efficient as possible. On virtually any FVC you will find these parts:

  • Power Control Unit
    Managers the flow of electricity from the FVC’s various components.
  • Electric Motor
    Compared to a gasoline-powered engine, the electric motor is quieter, more fuel-efficient and needs less maintenance. Is powered by the electricity created in the fuel cell stack.
  • Fuel Cell Stack
    This component converts the hydrogen gas and oxygen into electricity.
  • High-Output Battery
    The FVC’s battery provides power to supplement that created by the electric motor. The battery also captures any energy created by regenerative braking.
  • Hydrogen Storage Tank
    The hydrogen is highly compressed here, which helps increase driving range.

As you can see, there are some components that can also be found in an electric or hybrid vehicle. For FVCs, the difference is the addition of the hydrogen. FVCs also boast strong fuel economy figures. What do you think of FVCs? Would you ever choose one or something like a hybrid or electric vehicle? Let us know in the comments below.

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How does the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell work?