At the New York Auto Present earlier this 12 months, Honda mentioned the plug-in hybrid model of the Readability would get a 42-mile electric range. However because it seems, that wasn’t totally correct. The manufacturing 2018 Honda Clarity plug-in can really journey 5 additional miles on battery energy alone.
Honda introduced at present that in EPA testing, the Readability Plug-In Hybrid earned an official electrical vary of 47 miles. It additionally bought a gasoline economic system ranking of 110 mpg-e and a gasoline-only ranking of 44/40/42 mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed. The general vary is much less spectacular, although, clocking in at solely 340 miles. For comparability, the Toyota Prius Prime plug-in solely has a 25-mile EV vary however can go a full 640 miles between fill-ups.
“We expect the mixture of a class-leading 47 miles of all-electric driving vary ranking and a big, luxurious five-passenger bundle will give us a bonus within the plug-in hybrid sport,” mentioned Ray Mikiciuk, Honda’s assistant vp within the U.S., in a launch. “The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid represents the daybreak of a brand new period, setting the trail to a brand new era of Honda merchandise that can convey electrified expertise into the mainstream.”
The Readability Plug-in Hybrid makes use of a single electrical motor that makes 181 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. It additionally has a 1.5-liter inline-four that principally acts as a generator for the 17-kW-hr battery pack. Below sure circumstances, although, the engine can straight energy the wheels.