The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid offers Tri-State area drivers an incredibly efficient vehicle with powerful performance on the road. The Clarity can operate on electric power alone before using a drop of fuel. It is, as Kelley Blue Book notes, “one of the most efficient powertrains available.” And by switching to a hybrid engine once the battery runs down, the Clarity relieves the anxiety of range limitations that may be experienced with other electric vehicles. But the Clarity isn’t just efficient; it’s also powerful and versatile on the road.
The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid can operate on electric power alone using an AC Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Electric Motor powered by a 17 kWh lithium-ion battery. It produces up to 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. The long battery life can power the Clarity for many drivers’ morning commutes without using a drop of fuel.
With its hybrid engine as a back up to the battery, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid takes away worries of your battery running low. The engine is designed to kick in and take the Clarity beyond its EV range limits and still offer drivers the incredible efficiency of a hybrid engine. Altogether, the motor and engine achieve a total system horsepower of 212.
Working in tandem with the engine and motor is an Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT). The E-CVT works by expertly transferring the power generated under the hood and delivering it to the wheels. It also comes with Sport Mode and Deceleration Paddle Selectors, making the Clarity engaging and fun to drive.
You can opt to drive the Clarity using electric power alone with a Maximum EV Mode Driving Range Rating of 47 miles*. That might well cover most drivers’ daily commutes. But for times when you exceed that range, the hybrid engine kicks in and achieves a Combined Gas-Electric Range Rating of 340 miles. Check out the mile-per-gallon estimates:
Gasoline-Electric Miles Per Gallons Equivalent (MPGe, Combined) – 110 miles*
Gasoline-Only MPG – 44 city / 40 highway / 42 combined mpg*
Recharging and refueling the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is simple and easy.
The first method of recharging is the fastest, most cost-effective option. Simply charge the Clarity using a 240-volt charger for 2.5 hours.
When a 240-volt charger isn’t available, the Clarity can also power up using a standard 120-volt wall power outlet. This method takes 12 hours to fully charge the battery.
When you’re on the road and traveling, you’ll find more than 36,000 EV charging stations across the United States. Apps like HondaLink can help you find your nearest station, wherever you are.
To refuel the engine, simply fill up the tank at any gas station.
With the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, strong performance is complemented by Active Safety Features. These innovations ensure the Clarity offers optimal safety and protection, even in inclement weather or less-than-ideal road conditions. Take a look at what you can expect:
Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control – Helps stabilize the Clarity when cornering and can correct over-steering or under-steering. Added traction control ensures that the Clarity maintains good tractive contact even on slippery road surfaces.
Anti-Lock Braking System – Prevents the brakes from locking up and potentially causing skidding.
Electronic Brake Distribution – Automatically applies varied amounts of braking pressure to each of the four wheels, based on factors including speed and road conditions.
Brake Assist – Helps the Clarity come to a complete stop more quickly and safely during an emergency braking situation.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System – Lets drivers easily monitor the tire pressure in each wheel and add air when needed to keep the Clarity in top shape.
LED Daytime Running Lights – Ensure that the Clarity is clearly visible to other drivers on the road, no matter what the weather conditions might be.