There is a lot for auto manufacturer, Honda, to celebrate about. Its plug-in hybrid, the 2018 Clarity was recently noted as having the highest range when it came to all-electric plug-in hybrids amongst midsize vehicles; with a 47-mile EPA range rating, when it is fully charged.
The good news does not stop there for the Clarity. The vehicle also earned a top-of-its-class rating of 110 combined MPGe when it came to American EPA fuel economy, as well as a rating of 44/40/42 mpg, city/highway/combined, on only gas (U.S. gallons).
When it comes to trips that were longer, the vehicle utilizes its ever-efficient 1.5 liter Atkinson cycle engine, with four cylinders, to create electricity and at times it can also become the car’s direct power source. This has catapulted the Clarity to an EPA rating of 340 miles, when it comes to driving range.
Still, where does the Clarity get its electromotive power? Its 181 hp electric motor that creates a torque of 232 lb/f., which brings in power from the gas engine and 17 kWh battery pack. The recharge time at 240 volts is two and a half hours.
Wheels.com reported that the vehicle showcases three modes, which are selectable: Sport, Econ, and Normal. The functions offer drivers the opportunity to create a customized driving experience, increasing performance and efficiency. Clarity’s fourth mode, known as HV, offers the car maintenance around its battery’s charge state. It can also be selected in combination with the other three driving modes listed above.
The Honda Clarity models are on the cutting edge of the company’s Electrification Initiative, which aims to have 2/3rds of the auto manufacturer’s car sales worldwide to come from EVs by the time 2030 hits.
Honda just might be on its way there, thanks to the 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid.