Electric and Plug-in Hybrid ones! Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 11, 2016 2017 Honda Clarity PHEV-40+ While the Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV) was initially introduced almost a decade ago, the latest iteration has a new trick up its sleeve. As an FCV, the Clarity was overly expensive with limited refueling options. As in number of stations in and around Southern California – a problem even today – where it was leased. Taking a play out of the Prius playbook – a standalone platform based on the Accord but not the Accord – the recently announced PHEV and BEV variants may give the Clarity a new lease on life. The 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell will be joined by two additional variants, the Clarity Electric (BEV) and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), launching in the U.S. in 2017. The two new Clarity family additions, based on the same platform underpinning the Clarity Fuel Cell, makes Clarity the first vehicle in the industry to offer fuel cell, electric and plug-in hybrid technology within a single platform. Following the U.S. launch of the Clarity Fuel Cell late this year, the Clarity Electric will go on-sale in 2017. The Clarity Electric will be the first affordable, midsize, 5-passenger battery electric vehicle (BEV) with premium features. The third vehicle in the Clarity lineup, the PHEV, will launch in all 50 states later in 2017 and will be the volume leader in the series, with an all-electric driving range in excess of 40 miles with a hyper-efficient gasoline-hybrid extended range mode. The Clarity models offer upscale interiors outfitted with environmentally-responsible materials. The Clarity series will also feature Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology. All of the Clarity shared platform strategy enables flexibility in responding to infrastructure and market developments, and the ability to provide customers nationwide with an ultra-low carbon vehicle that meets their lifestyle needs while expanding the market for Honda advanced alternative fuel technology cars. The first of the Clarity Series to launch will be the Clarity Fuel Cell, slated to begin deliveries to customers in select California markets in late 2016. The Clarity Fuel Cell will have a targeted monthly lease price of under $500. 2017 Honda Clarity The new 2017 Clarity FCV includes a fuel cell stack that is 33 percent more compact than its predecessor with a 60 percent increase in power density. The new Clarity Fuel Cell will feature an anticipated U.S. EPA driving range > 300 miles, with a refueling time of approximately three to five minutes, roughly equivalent to customers' experience with gasoline refueling. More on the 2017 Honda Clarity and competitors FCV offerings can be found in the following: Honda and Toyota FCV World Debuts with Headwinds On a global basis, Honda is aiming to have electrified vehicles account for two-thirds of its vehicles sales by 2030. With the recently announced upgraded 2017 Honda Accord HEV, it appears they are well on their way.