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Honda reveals Clarity Electric & Plug-in Hybrid with support for Apple's CarPlay

Honda on Wednesday announced two upcoming cars, the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, that will add to a growing roster supporting Apple's CarPlay platform.




The vehicles are based off of the Clarity Fuel Cell, a hydrogen-powered car that went on sale in California last year. Other details are sketchy, but the Electric will allegedly be the "first affordable, midsize, five-passenger battery electric vehicle."

The Plug-in Hybrid, meanwhile, will launch across all 50 U.S. states, and support 40 miles of pure electric driving, or a much longer distance in an "extended range" gasoline-electric mode.

Both vehicles will also have Honda Sensing assistance technology, and make an appearance at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, which is scheduled for Apr. 14 to Apr. 23.

Support for CarPlay —as well as Android Auto —will be available through Honda's Display Audio dash interface.

While initially slow to support CarPlay, which launched in 2014, Honda has been ramping up support in the past year. It will still have some work to do to catch up with leaders in the field like Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, and Volkswagen.