Much like Hyundai, offering their electric Ioniq with three various powertrains, Honda now did the same with Clarity - a car, so far mostly known as a fuel cell vehicle. 


Honda Clarity Fuell Cell got some company at 2017 New York International Auto Show - all-new Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric. Honda expects to sell 75,000 electric Clarity vehicles in the first four model years, which means a five-fold increase in Honda's U.S. sales.

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid that's coming to dealerships nationwide later this year, will have an electric range of 68 kilometers (42 miles). Utilizing its hyper-efficient 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine to first and foremost generate electricity for the electric motor, it will also act as a direct power source under certain conditions.

The 181-horsepower electric motor producing 232 lb.-ft. of torque will draw power from both the gasoline engine and a 17-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack. The battery will be fully recharged in 2.5 hours, charging at 240 volts.

With fully charged batteries and a full tank of gasoline, Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is expected to have an overall driving range of over 531 kilometers (330 miles), providing it earns an EPA fuel economy rating of 105 MPGe, consuming 2,2 l/100km-e by the norm.

As the name already suggests, Honda Clarity Electric is a completely electric car, powered by a 161-horsepower (120-kilowatt) electric motor producing 221 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing energy from a 25.5-kWh battery pack. At 240 volts, the battery can be fully charged in a little over three hours. There is also the possibility of DC fast charging with the SAE Combined Charging System, offering an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. Consumption of electricity recalculated into gas consuption comes to 2,1 l/100km-e (111 MPGe). Honda Clarity Electric is also expected to become available in the last quarter of this year.

April 14, 2017 Driving photo: Honda

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