2018 Honda Clarity receives EPA range rating of 47 miles on full charge
Honda announced that the 2018 Clarity plug-in hybrid earned the highest all-electric range rating among all midsize plug-in hybrids with its EPA range rating of 47 mi (76 km) on a full charge. Launching later this year, the Clarity plug-in hybrid also received an EPA fuel economy rating of 110 combined MPGe, among the top of its class, and a gasoline only 44/40/42 MPG rating (city/highway/combined). The vehicle is part of Honda's Clarity series, which includes the Clarity fuel cell, launched in December 2016, and the Clarity electric, launched in August 2017.
"We think the combination of a class-leading 47 miles of all-electric driving range rating and a large, luxurious five-passenger package will give us an advantage in the plug-in hybrid game," said Ray Mikiciuk, Assistant Vice President of Honda auto sales at American Honda Motor Co. "The Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid represents the dawn of a new era, setting the path to a new generation of Honda products that will bring electrified technology into the mainstream."
The vehicle can use its 1.5-L Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine to generate electricity and, under certain conditions, to act as a direct power source, resulting in an overall EPA driving range rating of 340 mi (547 km).
The vehicle's electromotive power comes from a 181-hp (135-kW) electric motor producing 232 lb·ft (314 N·m) of torque and drawing power from both the gasoline engine and a 17- kW·h battery pack with a recharge time of 2.5 h at 240 V. The Clarity plug-in hybrid has three selectable modes—normal, econ, and sport—which is intended to allow drivers to customize their experience, maximizing efficiency or driving performance. A fourth mode—HV mode—is provided to maintain the battery's state of charge and can be selected in conjunction with normal, econ, and sport driving modes.
The Clarity is a part of the Honda Electrification Initiative. This initiative includes a new dedicated hybrid car launching next year, an all-new Accord Hybrid, the Clarity series, and the expanded application of Honda's two-motor hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains to multiple car and light truck models in the future.