Honda Teases Clarity Electric & Plug-In Hybrid, Debut Set For April In New York

2 weeks ago by Eric Loveday 21

Honda Clarity Teaser

Honda has just released a lone teaser image that contains our first look at the upcoming both the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, as well as the already available Honda Clarity FCEV (center of image).

The three vehicles look very similar, but surely each will have some unique design elements.

Honda says that both the Clarity Electric and Clarity PHEV will make their worldwide debuts at the 2017 New York Auto Show next month. We’ll be on hand for these debuts, so come the start of the show, live images will certainly be coming your way.

Honda has officially released only a few details on the electric and plug-in hybrid versions of the Clarity. What we do know is that all versions are five seaters, unlike some of the other battery-electrics out there. Honda adds that the Clarity Electric will launch first, followed by the 50-state Clarity PHEV (with “an all-electric driving range rating in excess of 40 miles”) at a later point in time.

Reading between the lines then, the Clarity Electric will be a CARB play (likely with 80 miles of range and priced at $35,000) while the Clarity PHEV will be the higher volume car. Honda states:

“The Clarity Electric will be the first affordable, midsize, five-passenger battery electric vehicle (BEV). The third vehicle in the Clarity series, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, will launch in all 50 states and will be the volume leader in the series, combining an all-electric driving range rating in excess of 40 miles with a hyper-efficient gasoline-hybrid extended range mode.”

Honda BEV and PHEV to follow Clarity Fuel Cell

Press blast below:

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and Honda Clarity Electric to Make Worldwide Debut at 2017 New York International Auto Show

Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Electric to join lineup with 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell

Clarity series provides unparalleled choice with premium midsize sedan capability and three available electric powertrain options

TORRANCE, Calif. – The all-new Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Honda Clarity Electric will make their worldwide debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. The two all-new, electrified Honda vehicles will make Clarity the first vehicle series to offer customers an expanded array of electrified vehicle choices with fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains wrapped in a sporty, spacious and comprehensively equipped five-passenger midsize sedan.

The Clarity series is at the vanguard of Honda’s commitment to address society’s energy and environmental concerns as the company expects significant growth in sales of electrified vehicles. Honda has announced its intention to make two-thirds of its global auto sales from electrified vehicles by 2030.

The official teaser sketch of the Clarity series released today includes the never-before-seen Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric flanking the currently available Clarity Fuel Cell. As the next progression of Honda’s dynamic styling for electrified products, each Clarity variant has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements. Combined with elegant and advanced exterior styling, the Clarity series boasts spacious interiors outfitted with premium, environmentally-responsible materials. Offering Honda “fun-to-drive” DNA, each Clarity variant provides a smooth, quiet and premium experience, with great dynamic handling plus seamless electric drive torque and acceleration. The Clarity series also features advanced technologies, including Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and standard Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies.

The Clarity Electric will be the first affordable, midsize, five-passenger battery electric vehicle (BEV). The third vehicle in the Clarity series, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, will launch in all 50 states and will be the volume leader in the series, combining an all-electric driving range rating in excess of 40 miles with a hyper-efficient gasoline-hybrid extended range mode.

About Honda

Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity Fuel Cell passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 34 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 96 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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21 responses to "Honda Teases Clarity Electric & Plug-In Hybrid, Debut Set For April In New York"

  1. ijonjack says:

    0H! I beat people are lined up all ready & waiting …l m a o …….

    1. SJC says:

      This is a mid sized upscale car, it could sell more than some people are insinuating.

    2. mx says:

      Exactly. Honda, you might as well DROPP the EV today, and come up with a better plan.

      OR, Build an REX version like the BMW i3, with Range Extender, because 80 miles of range is DOA.

    3. speculawyer says:

      The PHEV version may sell OK.

      The fuel cell and much-too-small-batteried versions won’t sell well.

  2. Alan says:

    80 miles of range for the EV, that’s only 158 less than the Bolt (a third of it’s range),

    (Starts rubbing his Kevlar trousers !)

    1. bro1999 says:

      The Clarity Electric is $2,500 less than the Bolt though! Who needs those 158 extra miles of range for $2,500 more??

      1. Alan says:

        Those of us who pay $7 a gallon !

        1. Brian says:

          Ok, how about a 107 mile Leaf for $5k less than an 80 mile Clarity?

    2. speculawyer says:

      No one is going to argue with you here but some die-hard Honda fans. Honda is way behind in EVs due to their walk down the wrong technology path (fuel cells).

  3. Mdstj says:

    It’s only 185 miles of range less than my used Tesla model S – 85. For about $10,000 more I have a very nice luxury car with a nationwide supercharging network.

  4. offib says:

    Sure, the BEV is a pos for what it is at this time, but we have hope for the PHEV, as long as it’s pack is worth more than 8kWh.

    That and an efficiency of +110 MPGe on EV mode.

  5. The sale of a BEV, PHEV and FCV all based on the same platform will be an interesting test of consumer appetite.

    A shame that the portion is so small on the BEV plate.

    1. speculawyer says:

      Nah, it is a failure. Ask VW….their eGolf is garbage because it is a conversion.

    2. mx says:

      The EV and the Fool Cell are guaranteed failures right out of the gate.

      The only thing that could save the EV is a BMW like REX option.

      1. speculawyer says:

        EXACTLY. The PHEV version may sell. The FCV and BEV versions are DOA.

  6. Alan B. says:

    So happy the 200 mile BEV from Honda will not look like this Clarity.

    Clearly, this BEV’s styling is not my cup of tea.

  7. speculawyer says:

    PRO-TIP to Honda: Multi-drivetrain car chassis & bodies have FAILED. If you want to build a good EV, you need to build it from the ground up.

    The placement of batteries, gas engines, transmissions, hydrogen tanks, exhaust systems, electric motors, etc. require specialized chassis to get good results. Conversions end up with little cargo space, not enough volume for a big battery, etc.

  8. Get Real says:

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

    I remember when Honda was at the cutting edge of affordable, highly efficient and semi-sporty cars and even had the initial lead in hybrids which they promptly squandered.

    My extended family actually bought 12 a total of new Honda/Acura products back then.

    But no more:

    Another attempt at the doomed to fail fool cell debacle (DOA).

    A BEV version which would have been very weak sauce even 3 years ago, so DOA.

    A PHEV that is certainly not class leading in any respect but might have a chance to at least sell a little to Honda fans I suppose.

    What a waste of engineering time, talent and resources.

  9. DJ says:

    So they’re teasing a tease? Not very nice…

  10. Mil says:

    80 miles of EPA range is purely laughable. Real world range (especially in winter) will be pathetic. Honda are probably doing this on purpose so that they can claim “Look, our customers don’t want EV as no one is buying it”.

    The EV revolution is coming. Honda are clearly not getting aboard and will be left in the dust.

    I have no sympathy for companies that fail to innovate and move with the times. Never really liked Honda cars anyway lol.

  11. Rick Danger says:

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