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.