The vehicle will use Accord-sourced hybrid system.
Honda has set an ambitious plan for two-thirds of all its sales to come from electrified models by 2030, and the first major step towards achieving it will be the market launch of a dedicated new hybrid vehicle. The Japanese manufacturer is still keeping most of the details regarding this new car in secret, but it will be powered by a dual-motor system, based on the hybrid powertrain of the Accord Hybrid.
The new hybrid will be launched in 2018 and will be produced at an existing Honda plant in the United States. Additional details will be announced closer to launch.
"Half of the all-new models Honda will launch in the United States in the coming two years will be electrified vehicles," Takahiro Hachigo, president and CEO of Honda, confirmed. "In the long term, electrified vehicles are key to the future of carbon-free mobility."
As of late 2016, Honda is selling its fuel-cell-powered 2017 Clarity to customers in California at very competitive lease rates. You can have the zero-emissions sedan for $369 a month plus $2,499 due at signing for a 36-month lease. You will be allowed to cover 20,000 miles a year, and will get $15,000 of free H2 fill-ups over the length of the contract.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of hydrogen infrastructure, Honda is selling the Clarity only to customers who live or work near one of the brand’s 12 approved FCEV dealers - six locations in Southern California, five in the Bay Area, and one in Sacramento. Honda promises that, as the refueling network improves, it will start selling the sedan in more areas.
Six examples of the vehicle were shipped to Europe for demonstrational purposes. They’ll be on the road in London, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of the Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) EU demonstration.
Note: Honda Accord Hybrid pictured.
First Drive: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid
- New hybrid model will be made in America and launch in 2018
- Two-motor hybrid system to be applied to light truck lineup
- More than half of all new models launching in next two years will be electrified vehicles
Honda today announced a new dedicated hybrid model that will be made in America and launch nationwide in 2018, as part of the Honda Electrification Initiative, which will expand the company's portfolio of electrified vehicles. Honda also announced it will expand the use of its innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain from passenger cars to its light truck lineup in the future.
"Half of the all-new models Honda will launch in the United States in the coming two years will be electrified vehicles," said Takahiro Hachigo, President & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. "In the long term, electrified vehicles are key to the future of carbon-free mobility."
Honda set a global target for two-thirds of all sales to come from electrified models by 2030 and to halve its total company CO2 emissions from 2000 levels by 2050.
The new, dedicated hybrid vehicle will utilize Honda's innovative two-motor hybrid system, which is currently deployed in the 49 mpg Accord Hybrid, the most fuel efficient midsize sedan in America. The new model will be produced at an existing plant in the United States. Additional details on the vehicle and its manufacturing will be announced closer to launch.
In December 2016, Honda began the launch of its new Clarity series of electrified vehicles, starting with the Clarity Fuel Cell. The Clarity Fuel Cell is available through select California Honda dealers and boasts the highest range of any zero-emissions vehicle in America with its 366-mile EPA range rating.1 This year, Honda will launch the Clarity Electric and the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, as the two remaining models in its Clarity series of premium midsize electrified vehicles.
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity Fuel Cell passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 34 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, about 96 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.