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13 Aug 2019

Honda Today Handed Over a Fuel Cell Vehicle to The Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve

13 Aug 2019  by FuelCellsWorks   

Cooperation with UNESCO Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve

Frankfurt am Main / Zarrentin am Schaalsee–Honda today handed over a fuel cell vehicle to the Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve. The Clarity Fuel Cell will be used there for a year as a cooperation and test vehicle.

“As one of the most advanced and economical fuel cell vehicles with water as the only emission, the Clarity Fuel Fell combines modern technology with sustainability and fits perfectly into the biosphere reserve here in Zarrentin,” said Thomas Brachmann, Technical Leader Automobile Digital Solutions & Electrification Research at Honda R & D Framework of the transfer.

“For many years now, Honda Germany has been a reliable partner for climate protection at our side. Numerous moorland restoration sites in the biosphere reserve were supported by Honda. We are pleased to be able to use one of the world’s most environmentally friendly and technically innovative vehicles in the future with the Clarity Fuel Cell, “added Joachim Duchow, deputy head of the Biosphere Reserve Office Schaalsee-Elbe.

Clarity Fuel Cell for testing fuel cell technology

The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell offers a unique sedan layout for five occupants and a particularly generous interior space, since the entire drive train is placed in the engine compartment. With a total capacity of around five kilograms of hydrogen, the vehicle can according to internal Honda test data, a range of up to 650 km (NEDC – New European Driving Cycle). The power of the drive motor is 174 hp (130 kW), the maximum torque at 300 Nm.

Honda is participating in projects throughout Europe with a “Clarity Fuel Cell” fleet in order to test fuel cell technology and the day-to-day suitability of vehicles and to increase the number of hydrogen filling stations nationwide. The Clarity Fuel Cell, which comes to the Schaalsee biosphere reserves, is part of the EU project H2ME 2 (Hydrogen Mobility Europe 2), which aims at promoting the “hydrogen mobility” and the provision of fuel cell vehicles in Europe to the goal.

UNESCO -Biosphere Reserve Schaalsee

The Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve was recognized as an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the World Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) in 2000. The 310 km² protected area lies between the urban centers of Hamburg, Lübeck and Schwerin. The 24 km² Schaalsee is the centerpiece of the biosphere reserve.

The concept of biosphere reserves explores how biodiversity protection, the pursuit of economic and social development and the preservation of cultural values ​​can be reconciled. Conventional nature conservation is part of the overall task, which also includes economic, cultural and social aspects. Biosphere reserves are model regions for pilot projects, for viable ideas and visions.

Fuel consumption Honda Clarity Fuel Cell (hydrogen): combined 0.77 kg / 100 km; CO 2 emissions in g / km: 0. For more information on official fuel consumption and the official CO 2 specific emissions of new passenger cars, see the “Fuel Consumption, CO 2 and Electricity Consumption Guidelines” all sales outlets and DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH ( ), Hellmuth -Hirth -Straße 1, 73760 Ostfildern, is available free of charge.

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under Grant Agreement No 671438 and 700350.

This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research.

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