Announces ‘Bold Step to Leverage Common Platform’
With Addition of Battery EV and PHEV to Fuel Cell Car
Honda proclaimed a “bold step” this morning, announcing that its new Clarity Fuel Cell car, a hydrogen-fueled vehicle to be launched late this year, will be joined in 2017 by a 100% battery-powered Clarity Electric and later by a Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, all sharing a common platform. updated April 26
The new line of five-passenger Clarity cars will provide “unparalleled choices to customers through three different electric powertrain options,” the automaker said.
The Clarity Electric will go on sale next year as “first affordable, midsize, five-passenger battery electric vehicle (BEV) to offer premium content and features.
A New Accord Hybrid for 2017 Too
“The third vehicle in the Clarity series, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, will launch in all 50 states later in 2017 and will be the volume leader in the series, seamlessly combining an all-electric driving range in excess of 40 miles with a hyper-efficient gasoline-hybrid extended range mode,” Honda said.
“This Honda trio of dedicated, advanced technology vehicles, along with the expanded application of two- and three-motor hybrid systems to our core models, represents a strong commitment to Honda’s future and will help create a new volume pillar for electrified vehicle sales,” American Honda executive VP John Mendel says in the Clarity announcement.
In addition to the Clarity series, Honda said this morning that a re-engineered 2017 Accord Hybrid will go on sale later this spring.
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