On November 16, American Honda announced it will release the 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid on December 1.
The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid features the same body as the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and comes loaded with a PHV powertrain. With the release of the Plug-in Hybrid, Honda has enhanced its EV lineup for the U.S. market.
The powertrain is a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine, which generates 181hp of maximum output and 32.1kgm of maximum torque, combined with an electric motor. It also comes with a 17kWh battery, which can be recharged in 2.5 hours at 240 volts. According to American Honda, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid boasts the highest EPA range rating among all PHV sedans on the U.S. market, with 47 miles or approximately 76km.
It was also announced that the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid’s base price will be $33,400 (approx. 3.75 million yen). However, the vehicle qualifies for up to $7,500 in tax credit and so customers could take one home for as low as $25,900 (approx. 2.9 million yen).
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)