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Honda Clarity family is growing with electric versions and plug-in at NY auto show

Plug-in hybrid and battery-electric variants will join Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell really soon.

The Japanese producer announced launching of these additional variants next month at 2017 New York auto show. Their names are Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric and their arrival  in showrooms should be later this year, as 2018 models.

In order to make them effective, the platform should provide the cars look, feel and drive much like every other normal car

The additional models use maximum of the platform that has potentiated the Clarity Fuel Cell’s low, wide and aerodynamic proportions and five-passenger cabin with lot of space. In order to make them effective, the platform should provide the cars look, feel and drive much like every other normal car.

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid confirmed that is capable for driving more than 40 miles before a gasoline engine needs to go in. Just for comparison, the competitor Chevrolet Volt has a 53-mile electric range.

Not much is known about the Clarity Electric, though there have been reports the car will offer a lowly 80 miles of range. The Chevrolet Bolt EV has a 238-mile range and the upcoming Tesla Model 3 is promised to have at least 215 miles of range.

The Clarity Fuel Cell, which went on sale late last year, has a 366-mile range, assuming you can find the hydrogen to fill its tanks.

The launch of the expanding Clarity family is part of an overarching strategy at Honda to transform approximately two-thirds of its of global lineup to electrified vehicles by 2030.

The New York auto show starts April 12. For more coverage, head to our dedicated hub.

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