The Japanese automaker announced last year it will reengineer the Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle for additional powertrains – including an all-electric and plug-in hybrid version – and now we have the first juicy details.
Apparently – according to the rumor mill – the manufacturer is targeting brand loyal customers and this is mostly because the vehicle will come with a very short electric range of approximately 80 miles (129 kilometers) on a single charge, and apparently the company is claiming this is not a disadvantage, but rather the result of the selection it occurred when starting the project. There were two figures that weren’t open to debate – vehicle dimensions because they will be shared across versions and the cost of the final production car, set below $35,000 before tax credits or government incentives.
“A pillar of the Honda brand is affordability, and if Honda came out with some obscenely priced long-range electric car, what does that do for the brand,” commented Steve Center, Vice President of Environmental Business Development at Honda of America for Automotive News. “Most of our customers would not be able to acquire it.” Last year Honda announced the Clarity EV would go for affordability but still retain “premium content and features.” As far as affordability and range everything is open to debate, but in terms of dimensions/cost it has no competitors.
Via Automotive News