Honda Clarity PHEV Range Tested 100 To 0 Percent Battery: Video

MAR 10 2019 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 26

Got electric range?

The Honda Clarity PHEV sure does, considering its just a plug-in hybrid and not a pure electric vehicle.

But how far can it really go on battery alone?

Just how far can the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid go in the real world on battery power alone? These real-world tests are far more useful than EPA ratings, which are gathered from lab tests and such. Simulations in controlled environments can only simulate so much.

Officially, the Clarity PHEV is rated at 47 miles of all-electric range, but can it beat that number? Let’s find out in this 100% to 0% battery range test video here.

Video description:

The ALL NEW, 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. At the moment in 2019, it is the most spacious PHEV car on the market.

Right after the Chevy Volt 2nd Gen, the Clarity gets an impressive 47 miles of electric range.

We start with a range test seeing just how far a full charge can take us. Results are quite impressive….

Check out the InsideEVs Forum for more conversation about the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

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26 Comments on "Honda Clarity PHEV Range Tested 100 To 0 Percent Battery: Video"

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Nice short video. The driving done on this video appears to be mostly highway driving. He got 41.2 miles of EV range. Mostly city driving would probably be in the 50s. The EPA testing incorporates a good balance of both to give a pretty good average metric to go by.

Kenneth Bokor (EV Revolution Show - YouTube)

For a stop-gap to going full BEV, 50 miles (80 kilometres) is a decent best range for daily use. That can cover many normal commutes driving in battery-only (zero emissions) mode. In winter, that drops to 40-60 kilometres/25-40 miles depending on temps, road conditions, accessory/heater use, tires, etc. etc. That could still work for many whose normal commute is 20 miles or less.

Just like the Outlander, SC90, Pacifica, others and the outgoing Volt, PHEVs serve a purpose for now as we just don’t have enough BEV choice, infrastructure and cost parity yet. Once that happens, then we really won’t need PHEVs anymore. Going BEV will be the better way. Give it 5-7 more years.

Very well said.

Agree with all but the timeframe; 2-3 years is my estimate given battery performance increases.

I’d say around 2023 or 2024 by the time EVs are really affordable and the DC charging infrastructure is totally reliable and what it needs to be. We’re going to need 500-1000 ultra fast 250-350 kW DC charging location all across the US. Even for Tesla to get Version 3 Superchargers to 500 locations will probably take 3 years from now… so 2022.

250-350 kW DC charging isn’t “ultrafast”. Ultrafast charging will be something on the order of 1 MW to 1.4 MW for cars, and even more for ultrafast charging of large trucks at EV truck stops.

Pushi, that’s actually what it’s called.
Not sure what around a megawatt will be called.
I do expect upper hundreds kW range for charging pickup trucks and small delivery trucks, but semi trucks will probably be 2-3 megawatts fast chargers.

“Going BEV will be the better way. Give it 5-7 more years.“ Dude, you probably typed that comment on a QWERTY keyboard and the irony was lost on you. The QWERTY layout worked to prevent jamming on the original typewriters. So why didn’t the industry use a more efficient keyboard layout in the computer age? Why still use an outdated, inefficient method? https://mashable.com/2012/09/18/qwerty-keyboard/#9iPv.8OCLgqy The fact remains, the market DOES NOT always pick the most efficient technology. You look at hybrids like Toyota’s: Camry, Avalon, Corolla, etc and these ICE cars get great gas mileage AND great range. Take the RAV4 hybrid with 14.5 gallon fuel tank and 39 mpg combined and that is 560+ miles of range (ymmv applies). Here is where you are flawed in your estimation: if Battery technologies improve, both PHEV and hybrids improve. The gap in performance between a BEV and hybrid is NOT a constant, e.g. think differential calculus like dy/dx. Then there are places that do not have a lot of sunlight. There are places that are cold. In those places, hybrids and PHEV will still reign supreme. In summary: There was no reason why the computer industry had to continue to use the… Read more »

There certainly was a reason for makers of computer keyboards to use a QWERTY layout; that reason is that touch-typists had been, and still are, trained on them.

Your analogy COMPLETELY FAILS with the competition between BEVs vs. gasmobiles. People aren’t going to continue to prefer gasmobiles over BEVs just because they learned to drive in a gasmobile.

P.S. — It has been Tesla’s BEVs, not some PHEV model, which are the plug-in EV sales champs in Norway and other places where it’s cold and snowy for much of the year. The market is already showing a preference for BEVs over PHEVs, and that trend is only going to grow as BEVs continue to gain more range year after year. I’m glad InsideEVs covers both BEVs and PHEVs, but let’s not pretend that future prospects for PHEVs are as bright as those for BEVs. PHEVs are a compromise which will eventually fade to a small niche market.

For me the barrier to full BEV rests on quicker charging. For a long haul, I don’t want to take 45+ minute breaks. I could probably convince myself for 15 minutes every 4-5 hours of driving. I believe most people are in this boat. Filling with gas takes 5-10 minutes max, so we need to have charging times approach that.

Yeah I don’t get most of the EV drivers on here saying that they are happy stopping for 45 minutes every 2 hours. Like, seriously? Do they have a walnut-sized bladder? Do they not use cruise control? Why do they need a sit-down meal every couple of hours? I don’t get it; I can easily drive 4 hours straight, and only stop for 20 minutes at a gas station to run to the bathroom, pick up some snacks, and eat on the road.

This is somewhat concerning. I realize there are environmental differences and without driving along side him with another EV it is really hard to accurately compare. However, in similar driving speeds with the HVAC system off in my Prius Prime I usually meet or exceed the 25 mile EPA rating it has. That was also true with my Chevy Volt, often getting more than 55 miles even with 65 mph highway driving.

I had a look at the video again to see if anywhere in the dash display it showed what the outside temperature was, and I saw that it was 44°. So I really think that that explains why he got the range he did compared to warmer weather.

Ahh. Yeah, that’s low enough to make a difference, I suppose.

I get between 25 and 70 miles EV range on my Clarity PHEV.

32 – 60 for me.

Just picked up my Clairity yesterday. Great car! Can’t wait to explore it more.

Some 5 years ago, maybe yes… now it is too late with so many good BEV offerings… of course, Clarity BEV is crap.

Why do you think the Clarity BEV is crap? Making a comment like that with no extra supporting reasoning isn’t helpful.
I have a Clarity BEV and it is not crap. For my commute is is perfect. Yes cold winter weather has given me a couple of day of range anxiety. But all in all it is a very nice car.

If you want more EV range on a clarity do the following:

Turn off the auto temp control.
Turn the temp dial till you get Lo.
Press climate control and make sure AC is off. On the same screen press the fan on the lowest setting.
Make sure heated seats are off.

Now you will get the most EV range given your temp conditions. If it is cold outside, you better dress warm 🙂. You will be surprised how much more EV range you will get, especially in the winter.

You can add to that list one major thing and that is to keep your speed under 60MPH. That will give you more range then the seat heaters.

Is it more spacious then the Mitsubishi Outlander phev?

The front seats are more comfortable in the Clarity but not more spacious (I own both). The Outlander rides higher of course and has a lot more space behind the seats. The outlander pretty much refuses to go EV on cold days (well below freezing), and it is less efficient than expected with the gas motor.

No is allot less.

30.4 / 78.0 cubic feet PHEV, clarity 15.5 cubic feet

Prius prime often charges to 32 to as much as 35 miles per charge. Not the 25 that Toyota indicates! 32 is a good number. Not bad. 35000 miles on it and no issues at all. 64 ish is often what we get in the summer on gas. Toyota was sandbagging in both cases. We have friends in New Hampshire that get even more with easy fool tires that did not cone on mine.

OK, time for my future prediction rant (anyone remember SNL “In the year 2000…”)

In the year 2050, battery packs will be made with unobtainium, beryllium, lithium crystals or some such stuff. They will be the size of a briefcase or small suitcase, and you will swap them at repurposed gas stations (what’s gas, grandpa?) that will have fully charged packs (think very large 9v batteries) and you can get 100-500 mile packs for a few bucks depending on your need. The e-stations will charge them at night or by PV during the day. No, it’s not socialism; think Blockbuster VHS tapes (again, ask grandpa) that you just rent, not own. 5 minutes or so and Bob’s your uncle!