Honda Clarity Now Available as a Fully Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Model

Elbert EdwardsApr 17, 2017

The company has previously announced plans to introduce a dedicated new hybrid vehicle to the United States market in 2018.

Honda has revealed two new electrified models in its lineup. This delivers a maximum output of 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque and relies on the help of a 17-kWh battery pack and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine acting as a generator.

The original Honda to wear the Clarity badge was a fuel-cell-only vehicle with USA availability limited to hand-picked lessees in California.

Innovative ideas, impressive customs and futuristic technology - this is what the vehicle manufacturers are promising us with hydrogen fuel cell cars. (The Clarity can travel for an EPA-estimated 366 miles on a fill-up.) Second, when they do need to fill up, it only takes a few minutes, not the hours it can take to charge an electric vehicle. That would contribute to its larger goal of making two-thirds of its vehicles sold globally electric by 2030. Let's hope subsequent Clarity Electrics will be more compelling.

The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will go 42 miles on electricity alone before a gasoline engine turns on, providing more than 330 miles of total driving range. The EPA rating of 105 MPGe combined suggests the vehicle has been geared towards maximum efficiency, so just like the fuel-cell model, it's aimed at geeks like us.

The all-electric vehicle boasts a 25.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which powers a 161-horsepower engine and exerts 221 pound-feet of torque. Being a hybrid, it will offer drivers greater flexibility in fuel choices.

The four-door has four selectable modes - Normal, Econ, Sport, and HV - which change the vehicle's dynamics depending on how adventurous or efficient you want to drive. The volume seller of the Clarity trio will be available in standard and Touring trim levels.

The customers are able to choose from fuel cell variant, electrified variant, and plug-in hybrid variant. Foremost, hydrogen fueling stations aren't easy to find.

As for the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid model, Center said the vehicle is designed for those "wanting to take the next step in environmental performance", but still want range and fuel flexibility.

Hydrogen fuel cell cars have two big advantages over electric cars.

The Japanese automaker sold a dedicated hybrid in the form of its first- and second-generation Insight cars.

With the fuel-cell variant (often depicted in burgundy) already offered in select parts of California, Honda will next roll out the EV (pictured in blue) later this year though still as a 2017 model, starting in OR and (you guessed it) California.

Honda is estimating a total driving range of over 530 km, with fuel economy anticipated to be 2.24 litres per 100 kilometres. It will be available to lease in California and OR later in 2017.

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