The Japanese automaker previously signaled its intentions to join the latest green trend – one model would boast an entire family of eco-friendly powertrains.
Now Honda has revealed the new Honda Clarity plug in hybrid, which is joining the Clarity Fuel Cell and will be followed by the Clarity all-electric – it’s a take on the Hyundai Ioniq play, where Honda is a tad more technological because it has a PHEV, a full electric and a fuel cell instead of a regular hybrid. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, premiered in front of the worldwide audience of the New York Auto Show is – dare we say – a model that will sell loads of examples (at least compared to the Fuel Cell), because it has a major advantage – 42 miles of all-electric range, and then some more range coming from an internal combustion engine.
As far as the US market is concerned, the Clarity PHEV is second only to the Chevrolet Volt in terms of electric range – but it’s a larger vehicle that boasts five seats. The battery pack is of the 17-kWh variety and the other figures include 330 miles of full range, with 105 MPGe on the EPA scale. The model uses an 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine to charge the battery pack and even drive the wheels – the electric motor boasts 181 horsepower and 232 foot-pounds of torque. Honda also detailed the Clarity Electric – 25.5-kWH battery pack, 161-hp electric motor with 221 lb.-ft. of torque and expected 120/102/111 MPGe (city/highway/combined) on the EPA cycle.