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Honda Announces Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid for 2017

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Honda VP John Mendel announces the Clarity Series (right) and the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid (left)

Honda VP John Mendel announces the Clarity Series (right) and the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid (left)

Love the look of the Honda Clarity, but live in a place that doesn’t have a great infrastructure of hydrogen refueling stations? (And by “a place that doesn’t have a great infrastructure of hydrogen refueling stations,” I of course mean “America.”)

Well, you’re in luck! Honda has announced that the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle that launches later this year will be joined by two variants in 2017: the Clarity Electric and the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. These two new versions will be built on the same platform as the Clarity Fuel Cell, making the Clarity the first vehicle in the industry to be available in fuel cell, electric, and plug-in hybrid form.

The next-generation of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan was showcased at this year’s New York Auto Show alongside the new Civic Hatchback

The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan on display at the New York Auto Show

Honda also says that the Clarity Electric will be the first affordable, midsize, five-passenger battery electric vehicle (BEV) to offer premium content and features. It will go on sale in 2017, with the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid set to launch in all 50 states later in 2017, offering an all-electric range that exceeds 40 miles and a hyper-efficient gasoline-hybrid extended range mode.

All of the Clarity models will feature Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with standard Honda Sensing safety features.

“The Honda Clarity Series will provide customers with a well-equipped, premium, midsize vehicle with range of ultra low-carbon powertrain options to suit their lifestyle needs,” said Honda executive John Mendel. “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.”

When the Clarity Fuel Cell begins deliveries to customers in select California markets later this year, it is expected to have a monthly lease price of $500. Honda has not yet revealed any pricing details for the Clarity Electric or Clarity Plug-in Hybrid.

Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.