Honda has confirmed that it is developing a new plug-in hybrid model set to arrive by 2018.
At the 2015 L.A. Auto Show, Honda showed off its new Clarity Fuel Cell and announced that the model “will serve as the first vehicle launched from a new platform that will be followed by an all-new Honda plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that we plan to launch nationwide by 2018.” The news comes from Ryan Harty, manager of environmental business development at American Honda Motor Company.
Earlier this year, Honda axed the Accord plug-in hybrid model that had an all-electric range of about 13 miles. According to Harty, the new plug-in hybrid model will aim to more than triple the range to at least 40 miles.
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It will feature a next-generation, two-motor hybrid system that offers significant improvements in battery capacity and power, which means the new model will have enough power to operate in all-electric mode at highway speeds.
With the addition of the new model, Honda also expects to increase production of both its hybrid and plug-in hybrid offerings in the coming years.
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