Honda Adds Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Variants to Clarity FCV Series
At the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Honda previewed two “electrified” powertrain variants of its Clarity alternative-fuel vehicle, previously powered only by a hydrogen fuel-cell stack. One is the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), with an extended range rating of more than 330 miles. The other variant is the 2017 Clarity Electric (EV), rated at an estimated 111 MPGe in combined city/highway driving. Both variants will reach California dealer showrooms later this year.
Honda first delivered the 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell (FCV) at the end of 2016 in select California markets and will continue to use a single platform for all Clarity variants. However, the three powertrain variants will be differentiated with specific grilles, wheel designs, and what Honda terms a special “hero” exterior color. Each Clarity variant also features advanced driver-assistance technologies, premium audio systems, and includes full connectivity. Environmentally-responsible materials will be used in Clarity interiors, Honda says.
The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric is powered by a 161-horsepower, 120-kilowatt-hour (kWh) electric motor producing 221 lb.-ft. of torque with energy from a 25.5-kWh battery pack. Honda says the car can by fully charged in just over 3 hours using a 240-volt charger. The Clarity Electric is estimated to be rated for a range of 80 miles with a combined city/highway rating of 111 MPGe. A lease program will be offered for the Clarity Electric later this year in California and Oregon.
Honda also will launch the 2018 Clarity PHEV, which it expects to be the top-volume Clarity model, with a pure electric range of 42 miles. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is anticipated to earn an EPA fuel-economy rating of 105 MPGe. For longer trips, Honda estimates the PHEV will average an extended 330 miles before a recharge and refill. It is powered by a 1.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine and 181-horsepower electric motor that relies on a 17-kWh battery pack. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be offered in two trim levels—standard and Touring.
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