Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Clarity Electric Coming Later This Year

The all-new Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Clarity Electric will join the already available Clarity Fuel Cell later this year. The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, offered in standard and Touring trims, is anticipated to earn an all-electric driving range rating of 42 miles and for longer trips can utilize its 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 miles. The vehicle's electromotive power comes from a 181-horsepower electric motor and a 17-kilowatt hour 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 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent) combined.

The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric is powered by a 161-horsepower (120-kilowatt) electric motor 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.

Honda says it will target U.S. sales of 75,000 Clarity vehicles in the first four model years.