Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Has Best-in-Class Electric Range

There’s a new plug-in hybrid electric range champion and it’s Honda’s latest, the Clarity plug-in has the highest range in its class.

The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has an EPA rated range of 47 miles on a single charge. That makes it tops in class amongst mid-size plug-in hybrids. It has a big lead too. The Toyota Prius Prime has a range of 25 miles, the Kia Optima can do 29, and the Ford Fusion Energi manages 21 miles. The larger Clarity even comes close to matching the compact Chevrolet Volt’s 53 mile range. The 47 mile electric range is enough to cover the round-trip commute of the majority of workers, based on data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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The longer electric range can be attributed to a 17-kWh battery and that the Clarity plug-in operates more like a range-extended EV than a typical hybrid. The Clarity uses a 181 horsepower electric motor that makes 232 pound-feet of torque. The big motor provides the drive to the wheels in most situations. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine spends most of its time operating as a generator for the battery. Only in certain driving conditions will the gas engine provide power directly to the wheels.

Fuel economy on gasoline is 44 miles per gallon city, 40 highway. The fuel mileage and range combine for a 110 mpg(e) score and give the Clarity an EPA driving range of 340 miles.

The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is expected to arrive at dealers later this year.


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