2017 Honda Clarity to add EV and Plug-in Hybrid models

By Bob Nagy on April 21, 2016 2:00 PM

Honda announced its 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell model that launches in California late this year will spawn a pair of green siblings in the form of a Clarity Electric, followed shortly thereafter by a Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. When they hit showrooms in 2017, Honda will become the first to offer these three technologies (fuel cell EV, battery EV and Plug-in Hybrid) in a single model line. Like the original, both variations on the Clarity Fuel Cell theme will offer spacious, well-appointed cabins with room for five. They’ll also share its same basic underpinnings to more fully leverage the platform’s potential while allowing greater flexibility in meeting both market demand and fueling/recharging infrastructure.

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Honda says the Clarity Electric will be “the first affordable midsize EV to offer premium content and features.” Like the Fuel Cell model, they will include Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies. The volume leader of the trio will be the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, which will launch in all 50 states. While powertrain details are scant, the automaker confirmed it will match an electric motor with a efficient range-extending gasoline engine and be capable of traveling in excess of 40 miles in pure EV mode. 

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"The Honda Clarity Series will provide customers with a well-equipped, premium, midsize vehicle with range of ultralow-carbon powertrain options to suit their lifestyle needs," said John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.  "This Honda trio of dedicated, advanced technology vehicles, along with the expanded application of two- and three-motor hybrid systems to our core models, represents a strong commitment to Honda's future and will help create a new volume pillar for electrified vehicle sales."

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