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Honda's hydrogen-powered Clarity vehicle to come in hybrid and electric versions

ABR Staff Writer Published 22 April 2016

Honda has unveiled that its Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will also be available in both plug-in hybrid and fully electric versions.


The hydrogen model will be launched later this year, while the other two models will go on-sale in 2017.

Honda said that the plug-in hybrid Clarity will offer more than 40 miles of range on electric power alone. It will feature a hyper-efficient gasoline-hybrid extended range mode.

The Clarity Electric is claimed to be the first affordable, midsize, five-passenger battery electric vehicle (BEV) to provide better content and features.

All three variants use a single model platform, offering customers an expanded array of electrified vehicle options to match their requirements.

Honda is planning to have electrified vehicles account for two-thirds of its vehicles sales around 2030 on a worldwide basis.

American Honda Motor automobile division executive vice president John Mendel said: "The Honda Clarity Series will provide customers with a well-equipped, premium, midsize vehicle with range of ultra low-carbon powertrain options to suit their lifestyle needs.

"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."

The Clarity Fuel Cell series is due to start deliveries to customers in select California markets in late 2016. It will have a targeted monthly lease price of below $500.

Honda is also planning to release all new 2017 Accord Hybrid this spring.

The company upgraded the entire Accord lineup for model year 2016 with several features including Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.

Honda Accord Hybrid 2017 will have an estimated fuel efficiency of 49 mpg in city with a combined power output of about 212 horsepower.

Image: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. Photo: courtesy of Honda.