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Honda Launches New Fuel-Cell Models Under Clarity Name


Honda (HMC - Get Report) , on the heels of its goal of electrifying most of its fleet by 2030, added two new models to its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle line, all of which will be sold under the Clarity name.

The new models will be a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and a battery electric, both of which Honda said will debut in 2017. The Clarity fuel cell vehicle is slated to go on sale in California this year on a limited basis, pending development of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure.

The PHEV's electric-only range will be about 40 miles, the same as the first-generation Chevrolet Volt, after which a small gasoline motor will engage to charge the battery and extend the vehicle's range to about 300 miles. All three models will offer additional choices to environmentally minded consumers and should pose solid competition to models like Tesla's (a>