Honda Unveils Clarity Plug-In Models at New York Auto Show

Honda Unveils Clarity Plug-In Models at New York Auto Show

At 366 miles, the Clarity Fuel Cell has the highest EPA driving range rating of any zero-emission vehicle in America, including fuel cell and battery electric vehicles, and an EPA fuel economy rating of 68 MPGe combined.

Taking a chapter out of the Hyundai IONIQ playbook, Honda is broadening the appeal of its Clarity sedan by offering it in three eco-friendly flavors. The gas engine itself uses the Atkinson cycle, more efficient than usual, and altogether the auto musters 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft. of torque. Honda hopes that the new three-in-one strategy will help drive a fivefold sales expansion of United States electrified vehicle sales over the next four years, part of a greater plan to convert two thirds of its global sales to electrified models by 2020. 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. The battery can be recharged in 2.5 hours at 240 volts.

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 efficient, lower Carbon dioxide electrified vehicles. Thats more than the $354 monthly lease payment for the Chevrolet Bolt electric.

The Clarity PHEV's all-electric range is expected to be 42 miles (68 km), which Honda says would be the most of any midsize PHEV auto sold in the USA, topping the Toyota Prius Prime and Hyundai Sonata PHEV's respective 25-mile (40-km) and 27-mile (43-km) all-electric range. The sum total is a total range estimated to exceed 330 miles (42 on electric power alone), returning an anticipated EPA rating of 105 MPGe. That motor will be powered by a 17-kilowatt-hour battery pack and electricity generated by the gasoline engine. It will also provide them with greater choice of choosing Clarity line up due to its offered variety.

The PHEV comes in two trim levels, standard and Touring, while the EV has one grade.

As a result, USA consumers bought almost 80,000 electric cars a year ago, but just 1,082 fuel cell vehicles, according to WardsAuto. According to the company Clarity Plug-in and Clarity Electric both will target the U.S. audience.

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The four-door has four selectable modes - Normal, Econ, Sport, and HV - which change the vehicle's dynamics depending on how adventurous or efficient you want to drive.

How the fuel cell cars generate electricity to run the motor and the battery is by mixing oxygen and hydrogen in specially treated plates, which combine to generate a fuel cell stack.

The pure-electric Clarity Electric offers only 80 miles of total driving range.

The electric variant of the vehicle will be sold in California and all other states, which have signed a mandate agreeing to better pollution emission regulations.

The Clarity EV - seen here in blue - will launch in 2017, starting with a lease programme in the U.S. states of California and Oregon. Even the Electric's availability seems reluctant, as it will only be sold in California and OR to begin.

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