2017 New York Auto Show: 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV, Electric image

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.

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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.