citygirl
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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid rated at 47 miles of range

Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:13 pm

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid rated at 47 miles of range
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feedback@highgearmedia.com (John Voelcker)Sep 11, 2017
While there will be three distinct powertrains offered in the Honda Clarity mid-size sedan, most U.S. shoppers will only ever see one of them on sale.
That's the plug-in hybrid, which will go on sale "later this year" as the sole Clarity to be offered at all Honda dealers.
Now the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid's electric range has been certified by the EPA, and it's come in at a higher-than-expected 47 miles.
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That puts the plug-in hybrid Clarity in the top three for battery range, following the range-extended electric BMW i3 REx (with 97 miles of battery range) and the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt (with 53 miles).
It surpasses the battery range for plug-in hybrid versions of the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima mid-size sedans.
Once the battery is depleted, the 2018 Clarity Plug-In is rated at 44 mpg city, 40 highway, and 42 mpg combined, which equals the 42-mpg combined rating of the smaller Chevy Volt.

When operating in electric mode, the plug-in Clarity is rated at 110 MPGe, against the Volt's 106 MPGe and the i3 REx at 111 MPGe.
Miles Per Gallon Equivalent, or MPGe, is a measure of how car a vehicle can travel electrically on the same amount of energy as contained in 1 gallon of gasoline.
The car's powertrain combines a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4 with Honda's two-motor hybrid system, which takes the place of a transmission.
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One motor, rated at 135 kilowatts (181 horsepower) and 232 pound-feet of torque, can drive the car itself under many circumstances, especially at lower speeds.
It draws power from a 17-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack located behind the rear seat; Honda quotes a recharge time of 2.5 hours when using a 240-volt Level 2 charging station.
The default driving mode, Normal, runs on battery power until the pack is depleted and then essentially turns into a conventional hybrid car.

The Econ mode reduces power draw and cabin ventilation to extend the range, at the risk of slower acceleration, while the Sport mode uses the battery and engine more aggressively.
A separate toggle for "HV" (or Hybrid Vehicle) mode can be selected with any of the three driving modes; it operates the car and maintains battery charge for later all-electric use.
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid will be offered in standard and Touring trim levels. Pricing will be released closer to the car's on-sale date.
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Honda will also launch a "dedicated hybrid car" next year, about which no details are yet known, and is expected to launch a CR-V Hybrid compact crossover to join its redesigned 2018 Honda Accord sedan.
Meanwhile, the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell version is offered for sale only in California, which now has 35 hydrogen fueling stations operating.
The Clarity Electric version, with a battery range rated at just 89 miles on a full charge and a combined energy efficiency is 114 MPGe, is on sale only in California and a few other states.


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The exterior of this car screams Honda :D

laev
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Re: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid rated at 47 miles of range

Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:26 am

This is good mileage for a hybrid Honda puts out a good product I have to agree with the last remark it does completely look like a Honda they didn't at all make any changes to that standard look they have over years

jdonalds
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Re: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid rated at 47 miles of range

Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:14 am

It is the 47 miles of EV that drew me away from the Hyundai Ioniq, I like the Ioniq but current owners (not in the U.S.) say the car easily turns the ICE on even when trying to stay in EV mode. The Clarity PHEV should do what I want it to, that is rarely ever use the ICE.

I am working with a salesperson to buy the first car that comes onto their lot next week December 1st. I'm anxious to see the car and have answers to many questions I have.

We have a daily trip to take our son to school 12 miles from home. That's 24 round trip. We can then charge the car using our new solar roof, then pick him up several hours later. Our city is small so we should rarely ever need to go more than 47 miles in a day. Still this is our only car that we would take on longer trips so we needed the PHEV. A pure EV would not work for us.

beowoeulf
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Re: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid rated at 47 miles of range

Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:29 am

We bought one last Saturday, December 2. It had only arrived at the Dealer late the afternoon before, the dealer had just finished their inspection of it that morning, and didn't have a Level 2 charger so it was barely charged. Hence, the ~80 mile drive home was almost all in hybrid mode, but since getting home we haven't used a drop of gas.

Our normal daily driving is 15 - 45 miles to the kids schools and other activities, so the electric range of the clarity will usually cover it without a problem, but it is nice to have the gas backup as there is minimal charging infrastructure where we live.

We Level 1 charge overnight, which has worked well so far. The only concern we have is at full charge the max electric range it shown is 39 miles (not 47), but maybe it is still getting to know how we drive (as former Prius owners it is pretty efficient), and it has been a little cold here in MN this week with overnight temps between 0F and 30F. Maybe this coming weekend we will take it on a longer drive and see how far it really goes on a charge.

voltage
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Re: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid rated at 47 miles of range

Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:15 am

jdonalds wrote:It is the 47 miles of EV that drew me away from the Hyundai Ioniq, I like the Ioniq but current owners (not in the U.S.) say the car easily turns the ICE on even when trying to stay in EV mode. The Clarity PHEV should do what I want it to, that is rarely ever use the ICE.

I am working with a salesperson to buy the first car that comes onto their lot next week December 1st. I'm anxious to see the car and have answers to many questions I have.

We have a daily trip to take our son to school 12 miles from home. That's 24 round trip. We can then charge the car using our new solar roof, then pick him up several hours later. Our city is small so we should rarely ever need to go more than 47 miles in a day. Still this is our only car that we would take on longer trips so we needed the PHEV. A pure EV would not work for us.


I was a huge fan of the Ioniq as well until I started researching and watching reviews on You Tube. I'm ok now that I wasn't able to get it in North America last year

voltage
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Re: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid rated at 47 miles of range

Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:17 am

beowoeulf wrote:We bought one last Saturday, December 2. It had only arrived at the Dealer late the afternoon before, the dealer had just finished their inspection of it that morning, and didn't have a Level 2 charger so it was barely charged. Hence, the ~80 mile drive home was almost all in hybrid mode, but since getting home we haven't used a drop of gas.

Our normal daily driving is 15 - 45 miles to the kids schools and other activities, so the electric range of the clarity will usually cover it without a problem, but it is nice to have the gas backup as there is minimal charging infrastructure where we live.

We Level 1 charge overnight, which has worked well so far. The only concern we have is at full charge the max electric range it shown is 39 miles (not 47), but maybe it is still getting to know how we drive (as former Prius owners it is pretty efficient), and it has been a little cold here in MN this week with overnight temps between 0F and 30F. Maybe this coming weekend we will take it on a longer drive and see how far it really goes on a charge.



From past history we know Honda knows how to put out a good product. Please keep us posted on your mileage and climate - I am very interested to see how that plays out

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