DETROIT — Honda is boosting its green credentials with car shoppers, saying it will launch a Honda Clarity Electric vehicle and a Clarity Plug-in Hybrid in 2017.
Honda's new Clarity family strategy hinges on packaging three powertrains in the same body. Hyundai adopted the same strategy with its new Hyundai Ioniq lineup.
The Clarity Fuel Cell will have an expected monthly lease price of under $500 and a driving range in excess of 300 miles, Honda said.
The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid hatchback will launch nationwide later in 2017 with an all-electric driving range in excess of 40 miles, according to the automaker.
"The Clarity Plug-In will be the volume leader in the series marketed to customers in all 50 states," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co.'s automobile division. "Plug-ins like Clarity are going to play an increasingly central role in our strategy going forward and globally we're committed to offering a plug-in variant on our major core models in the future."
Pricing has not been announced on the new additions to the Clarity lineup.
"All Clarity vehicles will offer spacious, five-passenger seating, premium features and interior appointments," Honda said in a statement.
Interested car shoppers can sign up now at automobiles.honda.com/Clarity for the opportunity to become a Clarity Fuel Cell customer.
Edmunds says: If you're making long-range car shopping plans, be aware that the alternative-fuel vehicle options in Honda showrooms are about to increase.