Honda Prices New Clarity Plug-In Hybrid at $33,400
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is one of three drive-trains available
The phrase that pays recently is “plug-in hybrid.” Several companies have been touting entries into the space like Chrysler with the first plug-in hybrid minivan. This week Honda provided pricing info for its latest plug-in hybrid, the 2018 Honda Clarity.
Just in time for the holidays, the car will go on sale December 1st nationwide with an MSRP of $33,400 for its highly equipped standard trim and $36,600 in its Touring trim. It may be the last time buyers will be able to apply the benefit of the $7,500 federal income tax credit.
The all-electric range is 47 miles on a full charge. For longer trips, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid uses its 1.5L Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine to generate electricity and even act as a direct power source. This gives the Clarity an overall range of 340 miles. The electric motors provide 181 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque while drawing power for a 17-kiliowatt hour battery pack with has a recharge time of 2.5 hours at 240 volts.
The hybrid model joins the full-electric Clarity Electric and Clarity Fuel Cell. The Clarity sits at the forefront of Honda’s plan to bring electric vehicle technology into the mainstream. The company wants electrified vehicles to make up two-thirds of its global sales by 2030.
Speaking on the pricing for the model Ray Mikiciuk, Assistant Vice President of Honda Automobile Sales, said, "The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid takes a big step forward in bringing Honda electrified vehicles into the mainstream with no compromise to performance, range or comfort. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid leads the pack with the highest all-electric range rating of any plug-in hybrid sedan and the most comprehensive standard equipment, spacious five-passenger cabin and a roomy trunk – all at an affordable price point."
In case you were wondering, the Clarity has a Sport mode which unlocks the full power of the drive-train at 212 horsepower. For when you’re in hurry to go plug your car in.