Honda has announced that it will launch a new dedicated hybrid model in America in 2018, as part of its Electrification Initiative. The yet-unnamed model will be built in said country, and will employ a two-motor hybrid system as that found in the current Accord Hybrid.

In the D-segment car, the powertrain is made up of a 2.0 litre four-cylinder i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and a two-motor i-MMD hybrid system, but does not use a conventional transmission. Instead, it combines combustion and electric-energy conversion with fixed drive ratios to propel the car.

“Half of the all-new models Honda will launch in the United States in the coming two years will be electrified vehicles. In the long term, electrified vehicles are key to the future of carbon-free mobility,” said Takahiro Hachigo, president and CEO of Honda Motor.

Honda also announced it will expand the use of its two-motor hybrid powertrain from passenger cars to its light truck line-up in the future. In the US, light trucks include crossovers, SUVs, minivans, in addition to pick-up trucks. No candidates were mentioned here but the new CR-V and Odyssey appear to be highly likely recipients.

On another issue, the all-electric and plug-in hybrid versions of the Honda Clarity is set to make its debut later this year, after it was first announced back in 2016. Both will join the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell, which is currently available through select California Honda dealers.