The Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid will go on sale in Canada in late 2017, the automaker said, but that’s only one of three powertrain variations that will be planned for the four-door hatchback.
Pricing and production volumes for the hybrid have not yet been released.
Honda plans to eventually offer the Clarity with three different powertrains: hydrogen fuel-cell hatchback; plug-in hybrid; and battery-electric. Only the plug-in will be available in Canada. The fuel-cell hatchback is now available in California while the all-electric version will soon be available.
Honda says it sees a greater opportunity for the plug-in hybrid in Canada and that “our priority is to bring that to market first.”
“We’ll continue to study the market and respond based on customer demand,” Honda Canada spokesman Alen Sadeh said.
“In regards to our Clarity fuel cell vehicle, we’re in the process of testing applicability in Canada.”
Honda also said that a new dedicated hybrid vehicle will be made in North America and launched nationwide in 2018. It will use the automaker’s two-motor hybrid system, which is currently in the Accord Hybrid, the company said.