It's official: Hydrogen-powered cars are officially here.

Honda will being leasing its Clarity Fuel Cell sedan in California by the end of 2016. The car will have an anticipated refueling time of just three to five minutes and is expected to have a range of more than 300 miles, according to a press release.

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Why just California you may ask? Because the hydrogen filling stations necessary to recharge the car are mostly only available in California due to the California Fuel Cell Partnership. Although there are a couple others scattered across the United States, like in Burlington, Vermont.

Hydrogen fuel cells essentially take hydrogen and turn it into electricity, with the only byproduct being water. The futuristic hydrogen-powered vehicles could be the next step in the alternative energy market after electric vehicles.

The Honda Clarity will cost around $60,000 and has a targeted monthly lease of $500. Deliveries of the car will being in certified fuel cell dealers based on San Francisco, Orange counties, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. An increasing amount of hydrogen filing systems and demand will dictate whether Honda chooses to sell the cars.

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"The Clarity Fuel Cell is a potential game changer because it offers an uncompromising, zero emissions customer experience, with performance, utility, range and refueling time on par with today's gasoline-powered cars," John Mendel, executive vice president of Honda's automobile division, wrote in a press release.

Honda first unveiled the Clarity at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2015. The automaker also announced at the time that it was working on a "Smart Hydrogen Station" that would allow you to produce hydrogen at home, but there's no timeline on when that will be ready yet.

Honda also entered an agreement with General Motors in 2013 to develop next-generation fuel cell systems and hydrogen storage technology by 2020, according to the Honda press release.

Honda is not the only automaker interested in developing a hydrogen fuel cell car.

Lexus showed off its hydrogen-powered LF-LC concept car at the Detroit Auto Show earlier in January, and Audi also showed a hydrogen-powered car with a 372-mile range at the same auto show.

Additionally, Toyota has been working on developing fuel cell technology for more than 20 years. The company previously announced that it plans to have 3,000 of its hydrogen fuel cell-powered car, the Mirai, on the road in the US by 2017.