As a keen photographer, long driving range is important for Tadashi Ogitsu. He regularly travels from his home in California to the National Parks in the surrounding areas – sometimes a 300-mile round trip – to take photos.
Wanting to switch to a zero emission vehicle, Ogitsu, a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, weighed up the pros and cons of a battery electric versus hydrogen fuel cell car, eventually deciding on the latter due to the long driving range it offered. He’s been driving his Honda Clarity Fuel Cell since April 2017.
Although the Honda Clarity has a United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 366 miles, Ogitsu tells H2 View he has nearly doubled that in a single full tank.
“My record driving range so far is 550.3 miles (880 kilometres) over about one week on my commute route. There were 11 cold starts and I did a bunch of errands such as stopping by grocery stores and the gym,” he says.
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