Honda has announced today that it’s Clarity fuel cell car, which runs on hydrogen, is also going to be available in plug-in hybrid as well as full electric versions. This wasn’t the plan initially but Honda appears to be taking a bold approach with this unique car. It’s going to launch the fuel cell version of the Clarity first later this year while the plug-in hybrid and full-electric versions will be released next year.
Honda isn’t the only company that’s making fuel cell cars powered by hydrogen but they haven’t become as popular as electric cars since there’s not a robust hydrogen refueling infrastructure even in developed countries like the United States. It’s much easier to plug a car in at home than to travel out of your way to find a hydrogen filling station.
This is why Honda might have thought to come out with multiple versions of its futuristic car, the Clarity, which was announced as a fuel cell only car initially. It’s good that Honda is adding plug-in hybrid and fully electric versions as it will now be more appealing to a wide range of customers.
The most important fact about a fully electric car is how far it can go on a single charge. Honda hasn’t revealed as yet what sort of range the Clarity will have running on just batteries alone but it does say that the plug-in hybrid will have 40 miles of range on electric power alone.