Honda Clarity Electric

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The Honda Clarity Electric is a mid-size five-passenger sedan. The full electric vehicle has a range of around 89 miles, and is available in California and Oregon.

Range

Based on EPA cycle

89miles (143 kms)

Battery

25.5kWh

Latest Model Year

2018

Price

MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price

US$37,510

Performance

Top Speed-
Acceleration-
Torque220 lb-ft
Power120 kW

Charging

Home Charging*3 hour charge
Fastcharge PortCCS
Fastcharge Speed80% charge in 30 minutes
*Home charging speeds require a wall-mounted charger to be fitted. While EVs can be plugged directly into your normal wall outlets, charging is very slow.
MORE ABOUT CHARGING
There are multiple ways to charge an EV:

Slow (Home and some Public Chargers)

Each EV has an inbuilt charger capable of receiving AC power. The charging port could have different fittings depending on where you are in the world. Even the same vehicle model sold in different countries could have different implementations.

Type 1 (SAE J1772 or "J Plug")

This plug is common in Australasia, Asia, the US and Canada.

Type 2 (IEC 62196 or "Mennekes")

This plug is common in Europe.

Fast Charging

Only available in some public chargers, this uses DC power to charge the battery directly. Each EV has a maximum speed at which it can be charged, and batteries are only fastcharged up to 80% capacity to ensure battery health. There are a number of different port configurations.

Many fast chargers will have multiple connectors, and power capacity (which is increasing as the technology improves).

CCS (Combined Charging System)
CCS ports are a combination of the slow charging port and an extra 2-pin socket. Therefore they can be either Type 1 or Type 2.

Type 1 CCS Combo
Type 2 CCS Combo

CHAdeMo

Developed in Japan, the CHAdeMO is common in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.

Tesla

Tesla developed their own fastcharge connector, although in some countries without proprietary Tesla chargers, the vehicle has a cable to adapt to CHAdeMO or Type 2 CCS.

How Fast Can An EV Charge?

Slow charging (home and public)
Slow charging is limited by the lower of: the EV's onboard charging speed, or the output of the wall-mounted charger you are plugged into. Charging speed is measured in kilowatts(kW). For example: your wall-mounted charger can output 32 Amps at 240 volts = 7.68 kW of power, however your EV's onboard charger is 6.6 kW - then that is the maximum speed. The higher the battery capacity, the more time it takes to charge.

Fast charging
DC fast chargers are being built with higher capacities, however this is still limited by the hardware limitations the EV manufacturer has placed on the battery. Most DC fast chargers start at 40kW (many have a much higher capacity).

Specs

Body TypeSedan
Drive Train-
Passenger Capacity-
Cargo Capacity14.3 cu-ft

Sales Numbers (USA)

  • Monthly
  • Yearly

Cumulative Sales to Date (USA)

Honda Clarity Electric Pros & Cons

The Clarity Electric is a five-passenger sedan. It is effectively a ‘compliance car’, due to its availability only in California and Oregon states.

The vehicle includes four levels of regenerative braking (controlled by the deceleration selectors from the dashboard). When linked with the HondaLink app, cabin temperature can be preset, and other details such as range and battery status can be checked.

Safety technology includes Honda LaneWatch warning system, adaptive cruise control, and more.

Some time ago Honda announced it would make full-electric and hybrid versions of its Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car. Also in the series is the Clarity Plugin Hybrid.

The battery is backed by an 8-year 100,000 mile warranty.

Pricing

Currently available on a US$269 / month lease (for 36 months), with $1999 due at signing. The estimated priced is based on data from Edmunds.com

Honda announced a joint venture with Hitachi to produce electric motors for the industry. They also have an alliance with General Motors to produce hydrogen fuel cell systems in 2020 (more).

NOTE: Sales for the Clarity show both the BEV (Full electric) and the PHEV (Plugin Hybrid) sales numbers combined.

Manufacturer Sales Page

automobiles.honda.com

Credit to insideevs.com for sales data.