Alongside the 2017 Trans Am Super Duty 1,000 hp muscle car and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon that were unveiled in the 2017 New York Motor Show comes the newest member of the Honda family: the Honda Clarity Electric and Honda Clarity Plug in Hybrid. The two new drivetrains will accompany the hydrogen fuel cell model which is already made available in selected markets, including California and the homestead of Honda- Japan. The starting price of the Honda PHEV and Electric? Each will boast of a $35,000 base price tag.
The anticipated announcement of the plug-in hybrid and the complete electric variants of the newly unveiled Honda Clarity models also includes details about the PHEV's 2 mile electric range and the EV's 25.5 kWH battery. Not only that, there's another important revelation that was disclosed by Honda's representative that we all should know- its base price of $30,000. However, Honda hasn't readily announced the specific manufacturer's suggested retail price of both automobiles just yet. The new Honda vehicles will be possibly available this year, with the EV leading the way in the market to be followed next by the PHEV.
The suggested prices of both the EV and the PHEV are less steep than the Clarity Fuel Cell, which can only be availed for lease at around $369 per month (and an addition of $2,499 due upon signing the lease) for 36 months. Like the Honda Clarity PHEV and All Electric Units, the Japanese automaker is also mum on the supposed manufacturer's suggested retail price for the fuel cell, but an alleged report in the past revealed a not-surprising $60,000 price tag.
Steve Center, Honda VP of Environmental Business Developmental Office, exclaimed that any patron who would lease a Fuel Cell unit can obtain $15,000 worth of "free" hydrogen over the length of the lease. He further explained that the Japanese automaker may promote as many hydrogen models as all electric units. Mr Center is also predicting that the fuel cell will be far easier to sell.
He anticipates that target consumers will realize in the future that it is an electric vehicle and so they won’t be encountering any battery car restrictions with regards to charge time and range. He concluded that as the car will have a 366 mile EPA range, there won’t be a need for most customers to rush home to charge your vehicle. Honda is expecting that the Plug in Hybrid will obtain a gasoline-only rating of an estimated 42 MPG, but official numbers are still not available.
At the Honda's press conference, Steve Center wrapped up his presentation with this statement: "Electrification is the future of mobility, and the future of Honda, and it all starts now". The future is really here, guys.