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Honda Introduces PHEV, EV Under Clarity Nameplate

April 13, 2017

Photo of 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid courtesy of Honda.
Photo of 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid courtesy of Honda.

Honda will ship the 2017 Clarity Electric and 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid later this year to dealers as part of an ambitious roll-out of green vehicles in the company's bid to sell two-thirds of its vehicles with electrified powertrains by 2030, the company announced at the New York International Auto Show.

The Clarity Electric is powered by a 161-horsepower (120-kilowatt) electric motor that makes 221 lb.-ft. of torque and draws 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% charge in 30 minutes, according to Honda.

The model is anticipated to have an anticipated EPA fuel economy rating of 120/102/111 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent) in city/highway/combined cycles. The Clarity Electric features three selectable driving modes including Normal, Econ and Sport. The Clarity Electric will launch later this year  with a lease program in California and Oregon.

Photo of 2017 Clarity Electric courtesy of Honda.
Photo of 2017 Clarity Electric courtesy of Honda.

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid should provide an all-electric driving range rating of 42 miles. For longer trips, the sedan uses a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine to generate electricity to provide a total range of about 330 miles.

The vehicle's power comes from a 181-horsepower electric motor that makes 232 lb.-ft. of torque and draws power from the gasoline engine and a 17-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 MPGe combined. Selectable modes include Normal, Econ and Sport. A fourth mode (HV mode) works to maintain the battery's state of charge.

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be offered in standard and Touring trims.

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