Honda to Re-Enter the EV Race in 2017

electric carHonda has a reputation as one of the greenest automakers around, and it looks like they are itching to get back into the electric vehicle race after discontinuing the Honda Fit EV.

What Is an EV?

“EV” is short for “electric vehicle,” and it describes any car that runs solely on battery power—like a hybrid without the gasoline engine. By charging the battery up and using techniques like regenerative braking, electric vehicles can have ranges of up to 100 miles on a single charge, giving drivers a zero-emissions option that never has to visit a gas station. Many public places now have parking spots specifically for EVs so that you can charge on the go, with select rest stops featuring quick-charge stations that will eventually enable significant long-distance driving in EVs.

Honda’s New EV

Like the Honda Fit EV before it, Honda’s “new” EV isn’t actually a new car. Rather, it’s an electric version of their other zero-emissions vehicle: the incredibly low-production Honda Clarity. The current Clarity is a hydrogen car, one that is powered by mixing hydrogen gas and oxygen to make water, leaving only water vapor and clean energy as its byproducts. Because of the ingenuity behind the Clarity and because hydrogen fueling stations are still quite rare, Honda is creating an electric version of the Clarity.

The result is still the same: a zero-emissions sedan that looks great and has plenty of room for the family. As with other Honda models, the vehicle will come with some of the latest in auto tech, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Honda’s suite of advanced safety features, Honda Sensing.

While the market for the Clarity Electric hasn’t been cemented yet, Honda has plans to sell a plug-in hybrid version of the Clarity in all 50 states by the end of 2017, and it has an estimated all-electric driving range of up to 40 miles—perfect for the daily commute.

What Do You Think About the Clarity?

We want to know what you think about Honda’s decision to make their hydrogen car into an electric and a hybrid vehicle. Comment down below and let us know what you think and whether you’re eager to get behind the wheel of a Clarity Electric or Plug-in Hybrid or would rather wait for the hydrogen model.

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