"The Honda Clarity is aimed at accelerating the deployment of advanced electrified powertrain technology and bringing electrified vehicles further into the mainstream". The company has previously announced plans to introduce a dedicated new hybrid auto to the USA market in 2018. 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.
M - Honda is expanding its Clarity line from a fuel-cell auto to a lineup that offers a choice of three electrified powertrains. A 25.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is mounted under the floor and behind the rear seatbacks to preserve interior room, and trunk space benefits from not having to accommodate the Clarity Fuel Cell's thick-walled carbon-fiber hydrogen tank. Time to fully recharge the battery is estimated at 2.5 hours on a 240-volt plug.
The Clarity Electric is likely to be sold only in California and the other states that have adopted its stricter emission rules, including its mandate for sales of certain numbers of zero-emission vehicles.
The Clarity PHEV is a handsome vehicle, though it mostly stays under the rader when it comes to styling.
The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will go 42 miles on electricity alone before a gasoline engine turns on, providing more than 330 miles of total driving range. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is anticipated to earn an EPA fuel economy rating of 105 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent) combined, at the top of its class.
"For the long term, we continue to believe that fuel cell technology has the greatest potential to address society's energy and environmental concerns while better serving the needs of customers in terms of driving performance, range and refueling, which for the Clarity is 366 miles range with a 3- to 5-minute refuel".
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The vehicle provides three distinct driving modes including Econ, Sport, and Normal.
The electric Clarity is set to go on sale later this year in California and OR, with Honda promising "an attractive lease program" for the vehicle. Fueling stations cost up to $2 million to build, so companies have been reluctant to build them unless more fuel cell cars are on the road.
Hydrogen fuel cell cars have two big advantages over electric cars. For context, there have been only 540,000 electrified cars have been sold in the United States, ever.
A hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is essentially an electric auto.
The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, listed as a 2018 model, is the only one of the trio that combines a battery, an electric motor, and a combustion engines.
The Clarity Electric will be available only in California and OR, at least initially. and, like the fuel cell vehicle, it will only be available for lease, not purchase.