Honda announces made in America hybrid model for 2018 launch


Honda has been increasingly concentrating on launching cars that are both environment friendly as well as offer high value to its customers and as a part of this strategy, the automaker has just announced a new dedicated hybrid model for launch in 2018.

The new hybrid model will be made in America and will launch across the country in 2018 as part of Honda’s Electrification Initiative. 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.

Honda has set for itself an ambitious target of ensuring that at least 50 per cent of its launches from now on will be electrified vehicles and this is a step in the direction towards achieving a carbon-free transportation regime. If this goal wasn’t difficult enough, Honda has also said that it has 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 hybrid vehicle will be utilizing Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid system, which is currently deployed in the 49 mpg Accord Hybrid, which has earned the title of 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.