Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Along with the introduction of the 2017 Accord Hybrid, Honda also took the time to announce two new electrified variants that will join the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell. They are the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, both of which are set to be launched in the United States in 2017.

Honda didn’t provide a whole lot of information on either of the two new Clarity variants, but we do know that both will be based on the same platform that underpins the Clarity Fuel Cell. That makes the Clarity the first vehicle ever to offer hydrogen fuel cell, electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, all on a one-model platform.

Of the two new variants, the Clarity Electric will be the first to go on sale in the US in 2017, after the Clarity Fuel Cell makes its launch debut later this year. Honda claims it will be the “first affordable, midsize, five-passenger battery electric vehicle (BEV) to offer premium content and features.”

Honda Clarity series teaser

It will be joined by the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid later in 2017, which has a claimed all-electric driving range in excess of 64 km with an efficient petrol-hybrid extended range mode. This sounds similar to the setup found on the Accord Hybrid, albeit with a much larger battery pack.

As for looks, Honda say that the Clarity series of vehicles will feature an “elegant exterior styling” along with spacious interiors that employ eco-friendly materials and stylish design cues. Equipment like Honda’s Display Audio (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), plus Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technology will come as standard.

Honda did not divulge any information pertaining to the pricing of the new Clarity versions either. The Clarity Fuel Cell is slated to begin deliveries to customers in select California markets in late 2016, with a targeted monthly lease price of under USD$500 (RM1,952). Sales of the hydrogen-powered vehicle has already begun in Japan.

GALLERY: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show