2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Rated Top-of-its-Class for All-Electric Range
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid has been officially rated as having the highest all-electric range among all midsize plug-in hybrids following fuel economy testing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The new five-passenger Honda, which launches at dealerships around the country late this year, was rated as being able to go 47 miles on a full charge. Additionally, it earned an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 110 MPGe combined, putting it at the top of its class, as well as a gasoline-only rating of 44 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 42 mpg combined.
The advantage of the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is that, once you have traveled those 47 miles, the 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine kicks in to generate more electricity and take you as far as 340 miles on a single tank of gas. For most people, however, 47 miles is more than enough to cover their daily commute and thus to significantly reduce their trips to the gas station.
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Better yet, the Honda Clarity is surprisingly sprightly for a plug-in hybrid sedan. The electric motor alone makes 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque, drawing power from both the gasoline engine and a 17-kWh battery pack that can recharge in only 2.5 hours.
“We think the combination of a class-leading 47 miles of all-electric driving range rating and a large, luxurious 5-pasenger package will give us an advantage in the plug-in hybrid game,” said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Auto Sales at American Honda Motor Co. “The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid represents the dawn of a new era, setting the path to a new generation of Honda products that will bring electrified technology into the mainstream.”
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