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Economy for Everyone: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Sedan



Honda has expanded its Clarity alternative fuel franchise for 2018 with the addition of two more vehicles: the Clarity Electric (California only) and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid (all 50 states). The all-new Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is anticipated to achieve a 42-mile pure EV driving range with a 330-mile extended range. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be available in Standard and Touring trim levels. The automaker expects the three-vehicle Clarity series to contribute to an anticipated five-fold increase in Honda's U.S. sales of electrified vehicles over the next four years as the company works toward its target that two-thirds of its global automobile sales will come from electrified vehicles by 2030.
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"The Honda Clarity is aimed at accelerating the deployment of advanced electrified powertrain technology and bringing electrified vehicles further into the mainstream," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., at the company's auto show press conference. "The Clarity series also heralds the advancement of our Honda Electrification Initiative, representing our investment in the full spectrum of electric-vehicle technologies."

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, including its own special hero color, and differentiated front styling, headlights, tail lamps and 18-inch alloy wheel designs.
Offering Honda's "fun-to-drive" DNA, each Clarity variant provides a smooth, quiet and highly refined driving experience, aided by the smooth and seamless character of electric drive torque and acceleration.

Electricity for the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is generated by its hyper-efficient 1.5L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and under certain conditions, can act as a direct power source. The vehicle's electromotive power comes from a 181-hp electric motor producing 232 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing power from both the gasoline engine and a 17-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack with a recharge time of 2.5 hours at 240 volts. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is anticipated to earn an EPA fuel economy rating of 105 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent) combined.

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid features three selectable modes – Normal, Econ and Sport – allowing drivers to customize their experience, maximizing efficiency or driving performance. A fourth mode – HV mode – is provided to maintain the battery's state of charge and can be selected in conjunction with Normal, Econ and Sport driving modes.

Inside the passenger cabin, the Clarity has a spacious interior with comfortable seating for five adults, outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials.

The Clarity series also features advanced technologies, including Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and the full suite of HONDA SENSING™ safety and driver-assistive technologies.

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 CO2 electrified vehicles. Honda has previously announced plans to introduce a dedicated new hybrid car to the U.S. market in 2018. The new Honda hybrid car will be made in America.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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