There is no doubt about the fact electric cars represent the future. Fossil fuels will eventually run out so even those who still don’t like electric cars will have to turn in order to stay mobile. More and more manufacturers are joining the ranks of electric car manufacturers in order to develop even better technologies for the future. Honda is one of them and though so far they haven’t offered a mass produced electric car, things are about to change. Up to this point they have been developing a platform with the Clarity hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. Unfortunately hydrogen is still scarce but the Clarity does offer the perfect platform for an electric car.
More details about 2018 Honda Clarity Electric
Not that long ago they announced that the 2018 Honda Clarity Electric is on its way. The car is set to debut alongside a plug-in and it will likely become a very interesting choice. For starters, the Clarity comes with a unique design which will make people love or hate it.
It will also come with the newest technologies Honda has to offer and it should become a replacement for the Accord hybrid. So far not much has been said about the performance of the car or the price. Most rumors suggest that it will cost around $35,000, so it will have to face tough competitors like the upcoming Tesla Model 3.
Unlike many other electric and hybrid cars, the 2018 Honda Clarity Electric will be rather conventional. In fact the car is expected to share its entire interior layout with the hydrogen model. There will be minor differences such as the materials used inside the cabin and possibly some features as well.
Besides that, the nicely laid out dashboard, the tablet-like infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as the really minimalist look are all going to be seen on the production EV model. Some also suggested that it may get a new instrument cluster but Honda may just use the same one, especially since it will be similar to the hybrid when it comes to its engine.
The Clarity is a unique looking car and it seems the EV model won’t differ all that much from the original. The car’s unusual partially covered rear wheels, the bold back end design or even the curved roof will all be seen on the electric model. In the front there are going to be some differences though.
It seems that instead of the honeycomb mesh grille, the 2018 Honda Clarity Electric will feature a similar grille to the Accord with the one chrome slat that runs between the headlights. The vertical DRL LEDs, the aggressive looking LED headlights and even the splitter under the bumper should be seen on the production version of the car.
At this point Honda hasn’t said much about what engine the new Clarity EV is going to feature. The hydrogen model gets a 136 horsepower electric motor driving the front wheels. It is safe to assume the EV model will receive something at least similar to it. It is still going to feature a battery pack but this time it will be a higher capacity model. This will have to give the EV a total electric range of around 80 miles.
Unfortunately this would be well bellow the average of its class so there could be problems with their rivals. Honda might alleviate the moderate range with the help of a fast charging system which would easily give it up to 80% range in less than 30 minutes. This would be possible thanks to its rather small capacity battery. While still unclear, it seems that the car will feature heated and cooled batteries, so it should not suffer from battery degradation in the long run.