The 2017 New York International Auto Show saw Honda officially broaden their Clarity lineup. What was once available only as a fuel cell vehicle (FCV) can now be had as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or fully electric vehicle (EV).
Simply called the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, both cars feature the same flowing design from the hydrogen-powered FCV, as well as the 'fun-to drive' DNA. According to Honda, the three different powertrain options will allow them to offer more eco-friendly alternatives that conform to the growing need of low carbon emission vehicles.
Starting with the EV, Honda claimed this model is geared for those that need a spacious and comfortable sedan combined with the practicality of a full electric powertrain. Driving the Clarity EV is an electric motor that produces 164 PS and 300 Nm of torque. It draws its power from a 25.5-kWh battery pack that can be fully recharged in over three hours with a 240V DC charging system. It also has three selectable driving modes – Normal, Econ and Sport.
The Clarity EV will hit US dealerships later this year and will be available via a lease program in California and Oregon.
Next up is the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid which gets a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder motor along with an electric motor powered by a 17.1-kWh battery pack. According to Honda, the Clarity PHEV has a maximum range of over 531 km. Meanwhile its electric range is limited to around 68 km. The powertrain itself has a combined output of 183 PS with 314 Nm of torque.
Fully recharging the plug-in hybrid will take around 2.5 hours with a 240V DC charging system. Like the Clarity Electric, it has three driving modes to choose from, Normal, Econ and Sport. Exclusive only to the PHEV, however is HV mode. Honda stated that this maintain's the battery's state of charge and can be selected with the previously mentioned driving modes.
It is set to arrive in US dealerships sometime this year and will be available in two trim models, Standard and Touring.
Aside from the highly-efficient powertrains, Honda also fitted the two new Clarity models with the latest in infotainment and safety. Touchscreen audio will come as standard and will be joined by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A full-suite of safety system from Honda Sensing will also be available in both the Clairty Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric.
As for styling, the two cars slightly differ from one another as each have their own unique front fascia and 18-inch wheel designs. In addition, each model will have their own halo color and unique set of headlights.