Good news coming from Detroit this morning. Honda came to its senses and officially confirmed that the Clarity, which until now was only a fuel cell car, will be offered with two new powertrains, all-electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV), as soon as next year.
The two new vehicles will be appropriately named: Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. The automaker appears to be hedging its bet on hydrogen with some battery-powered vehicles.
Honda shared only a few details about the two new variant of the Clarity. It didn’t announce the electric range of the BEV version, but it did claim that the PHEV will have an all-electric range of over 40 miles, which if true would be pretty good for a midsize plug-in hybrid sedan.
No pricing has been announced for either of the electric versions yet and as for the Clarity Fuel Cell, as it is often the case with fuel cell cars, it will only be offered for lease at an estimated $500 per month.
The fuel cell version will launch in the US in “late 2016”, followed by the BEV in “2017”, and by the PHEV “later in 2017”. The language used by Honda to talk about the availability of the vehicle is vague. While it clearly says that the PHEV version will be available in all 50 states, it is not as clear for the two other versions. I wouldn’t be surprised if they both end up as compliance cars to fulfill mandates in only a few CARB state.
Here are a few pictures and the full press release below:
Full press release:
Honda Takes Bold Step with Honda Clarity Series; Fuel Cell, Battery Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Variants to Leverage Common Platform
– Clarity Fuel Cell gets two electrified siblings — the Clarity Electric and the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid — both launching in 2017
– New trio of Clarity vehicles provide unparalleled choices to customers through three different electric powertrain options
– All Clarity vehicles will offer spacious, five-passenger seating, premium features and interior appointments; consumers can learn more at http://www.automobiles.honda.com/Clarity
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