2018 Honda Clarity plugin hybrid boasts 42-mile all-electric range, total range is at 330miles

Article by Christian A., on April 19, 2017

Efforts to save the world from destruction have ushered the advent of more eco-friendly alternatives for everyday items, reaching various sectors including the automotive world. It has become a trend amongst automakers involved in this so-called “green revolution” to offer multiple eco-friendly powertrains for one model, giving customers the freedom of choice – to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to keep the traditional fuel-powered engine on standby in case the electric-powered engine acts up.

There’s Hyundai’s Ioniq offered in full electric, plug-in hybrid, and gas-electric hybrid versions, and then there’s the Toyota Prius with an available plug-in version. Recently, we have received more details about Honda’s latest green onslaught – the new three-pronged Clarity line-up. Let’s take a closer look at the Japanese automaker’s latest attempt to dominate the green car world.

In December 2016, Honda launched the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell and we’ve seen its performance. Now, Honda released more information about its siblings: the battery-powered Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. The PHEV has the capability to deliver 42 miles of all-electric range; is it worth the wait? Well, it only depends on how you feel about this information. Honda aims to sell 75,000 units in the U.S. alone for the first four model years of the Clarity vehicles.

Honestly speaking, we’re pretty confident that the new Clarity models will compete well in the plug-in vehicle market, especially its PHEV variant. Despite placing second in terms of range from the Chevy Volt, the Clarity PHEV is larger in size and is more spacious, making room for four to five passengers without the hassle of having to squeeze them in.

Photos of each Clarity reveal that each model can be differentiated in terms of the characteristics of its front end, head - and tail lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Each one also comes in different “halo colors” – blue, green, and red – the official names of which will be revealed soon.

Surely, the Clarity series will not be the last time we’ll hear of Honda’s “green efforts”. A new hybrid from the Japanese automaker is expected to be unveiled in the U.S. in 2018, while the Clarity series is expected to contribute to the company’s projected “five-fold increase” in U.S. sales for electrified vehicles in the next four years. This is just the start of Honda’s plan to make 66 percent of its global automobile sales electrified by 2030.

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine charging its 17-kWh battery pack, allowing it to achieve an all-electric range of 42 miles.

The total range for this variant is at 330 miles. Its electric motor can produce at most 181 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque. This PHEV is also expected to have an EPA rating of 105 MPGe.

Offered in two trim levels (Standard and Touring), the 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will hit the U.S. market in 2017 and is expected to become the top selling model in the Clarity family.

2017 Honda Clarity Electric

On the other hand, the 2017 Honda Clarity Electric comes with a 25.5-kWh battery pack with its 161-hp electric motor delivering 221 lb.-ft. of torque. No official announcements for its range have been released but upon judging its battery pack, rumors of a low, 80-mile range may be possible.

On the EPA scale, the 2017 Clarity Electric is expected to deliver 120 MPGe city, 102 MPGe highway, and 111 MPGe combined. It will hit U.S. markets late this year, with lease-only programs for California and Oregon.

Press Release

Honda Electrified! Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric Unveiled at 2017 New York International Auto Show

Honda today revealed its all-new Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric alongside the already available Clarity Fuel Cell, saying it will target U.S. sales of 75,000 Clarity vehicles in the first four model years. The Clarity series will contribute to an anticipated five-fold increase in Honda's U.S. sales of electrified vehicles over the next four years as the company works toward its target that two-thirds of its global automobile sales will come from electrified vehicles by 2030.

The two all-new electrified Honda vehicles will join the Clarity Fuel Cell, launched in December 2016, to make Clarity the first ever vehicle series offering customers an expanded array of electrified vehicle choices with fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains wrapped in a sophisticated, spacious and comprehensively equipped five-passenger sedan.

"The Honda Clarity is aimed at accelerating the deployment of advanced electrified powertrain technology and bringing electrified vehicles further into the mainstream," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., at the company's auto show press conference. "The Clarity series also heralds the advancement of our Honda Electrification Initiative, representing our investment in the full spectrum of electric-vehicle technologies."

"Electrification is the future of mobility and the future of Honda, and it all starts now with this new Clarity series," added Steve Center, vice president of the Connected and Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda.

Honda Clarity Series

As the next progression of Honda's dynamic styling for electrified products, each Clarity variant has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements, including its own special hero color, and differentiated front styling, headlights, tail lamps and 18-inch alloy wheel designs. Combined with elegant and advanced exterior styling, each Clarity series vehicle has a spacious interior with comfortable seating for five adults, outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials.

Offering Honda's "fun-to-drive" DNA, each Clarity variant provides a smooth, quiet and highly refined driving experience, aided by the smooth and seamless character of electric drive torque and acceleration. The Clarity series also features advanced technologies, including Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and the full suite of HONDA SENSING™ safety and driver-assistive technologies.

With three different powertrains and luxury packaging, the Clarity series has wide appeal. This shared "3-in-1" platform strategy will enable Honda to respond to infrastructure and market developments, provide customers nationwide with an ultra-low carbon vehicle that meets their lifestyle needs, and takes Honda toward higher volume sales of advanced powertrain products that will help reduce CO2 emissions.

The Clarity series is at the vanguard of Honda's commitment to address society's energy and environmental concerns as the company expects significant growth in sales of efficient, lower CO2 electrified vehicles. Honda has previously announced plans to introduce a dedicated new hybrid car to the U.S. market in 2018. The new Honda hybrid car will be made in America.

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, launching at dealerships nationwide later this year, is anticipated to earn an all-electric driving range rating of 42 miles1, the longest of any midsize plug-in hybrid. For longer trips, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid can utilize its hyper-efficient 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine to generate electricity and, under certain conditions, to act as a direct power source, resulting in an anticipated overall driving range rating in excess of 330 miles1.

The vehicle's electromotive power comes from a 181-horsepower electric motor producing 232 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing power from both the gasoline engine and a 17-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack with a recharge time of 2.5 hours at 240 volts. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is anticipated to earn an EPA fuel economy rating of 105 MPGe1 (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent) combined, at the top of its class. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid features three selectable modes – Normal, Econ and Sport – allowing drivers to customize their experience, maximizing efficiency or driving performance. A fourth mode – HV mode – is provided to maintain the battery's state of charge and can be selected in conjunction with Normal, Econ and Sport driving modes.

As the sales volume leader in the Clarity lineup, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be offered in two premium-contented trims, standard and Touring.

Honda Clarity Electric

The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric is geared toward consumers who desire a spacious, comfortable and affordable sedan that suits their daily driving needs. The Clarity Electric is powered by a 161-horsepower (120-kilowatt) electric motor producing 221 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing power from a 25.5-kWh battery pack. The vehicle can by fully charged in just over three hours at 240 volts, and when using DC fast charging with the SAE Combined Charging System can achieve an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes.

The model is anticipated to have an anticipated EPA fuel economy rating of 120/102/111 MPGe (city/highway/combined)2. Like the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, the Clarity Electric features three selectable driving modes – Normal, Econ and Sport. The Clarity Electric will launch later this year, starting with an attractive lease program in California and Oregon.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda views fuel cells as the ultimate zero-emissions vehicle technology and the Clarity Fuel Cell offers green early adopters the latest technology to be on the forefront of "what's next." Honda began deliveries of the 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell in December 2016 in select California markets, where a consumer friendly network of hydrogen stations continues to grow, and has already delivered more than 100 vehicles.

Technological innovations to the Clarity Fuel Cell have created a fuel cell stack that is 33 percent more compact with a 60 percent increase in power density compared to its predecessor, the Honda FCX Clarity. The more compact fuel cell and integrated powertrain, now comparable in size to a V-6 engine, fits entirely under the hood of the car, allowing for a more spacious cabin with seating for five passengers.

At 366 miles, the Clarity Fuel Cell has the highest EPA driving range rating of any zero-emission vehicle in America, including fuel cell and battery electric vehicles, and an EPA fuel economy rating of 68 MPGe3 combined. The Clarity Fuel Cell is available for the competitive introductory lease price of $369 a month for 36 months with $2,868 due at signing4. The lease terms include an attractive mileage allowance of 20,000 miles per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of an Avis Luxury Rental in California, 24/7 roadside assistance, and eligibility for California "White Sticker" single occupant HOV access. Lessees can also apply for the State of California $5,000 rebate5. The Clarity Fuel Cell is available in three colors: Bordeaux Red Metallic, White Orchid Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl.

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