Honda has revealed the final two models associated with its Clarity lineup, a plug-in hybrid and a total electric model. The two are joining the Clarity FCV, which is powered by Honda’s fuel cell system and already on the market in a limited capacity.
The goal is sell 75,000 Clarity models over the next four years. That sounds like a rather ambitious goal for Honda looking at alternative fuel vehicle sales on the collective. Nonetheless, the Clarity does provide some perks that are unusual from the space, but big questions are left looming about these cars.
On the positive side, the Clarity is a reasonably large sedan. It can comfortably hold five passengers, which is a departure from most EV and plug-in vehicles. Honda is rightfully focusing on this aspect of the Clarity. All Clarity models are also well-equipped with Honda Sensing and gadgets such as functionality for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
With Clarity Plug In, buyers are getting a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine and a 17-kWh battery pack to keep the Clarity moving. Honda says it expects about 42 miles of EV range, with a total range of 330 miles. This powertrain can provide torque from the electric motor, gas engine or both depending on the torque demand of the car. The combined powertrain provides 181 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque.
The plug-in is slated to achieve an EPA rating of 105 MPGe.
Clarity Electric is, well, less clear. The car features a 25.5-kWh battery pack to provide juice to its electric motor that produces 161 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately Honda is not saying what buyers can expect in terms of range with this car, which is sort of an important element. That said, it can utilize DC Fast Charging to charge completely in just over three hours.
Honda says it expects an EPA ratings of 120 MPGe city and 111 MPGe highway.
Both versions of the Clarity will be offered standard and Touring trim levels when they go on sale later this year.