Production Honda Clarity EV and PHEV To Make World Debut In New York

Honda today gave a sneak preview of two new vehicles to be introduced at the New York International Auto Show in April.

The Clarity Fuel Cell, currently on sale in California, will be joined by a battery electric version and a plug-in hybrid version. The all-electric is expected to have a range of approximately 80 miles, while the plug-in hybrid will be able to go 40 miles in pure EV mode.

All three models share the midsize five-passenger sedan platform introduced in the Fuel Cell version. Apart from minor trim differences, the cars will stand out from other models in the Honda Motor Company lineup. Unique LED lighting treatments front and rear as well as a streamlined profile give the Clarity a shape that is almost a cross between a new Civic and the former Insight.

Interior and exterior dimensions of the Clarity triplets are within inches of the current Honda Accord. Given Honda’s history of introducing and withdrawing Accord Hybrids over the past decade, it remains to be seen whether the 2017 model will carry over.

The Clarity Electric will arrive in California and other EV-friendly states in the coming months, with the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid following later in the year. It will be offered in all 50 states.

No word on pricing, but the Clarity Fuel Cell is offered with a 36-month lease at $369 a month, which also includes up to $15,000 worth of hydrogen fuel for the Californians who live close enough to a station. Honda is targeting affordability with the Clarity Electric, while the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be the volume leader.


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