FAQs

Powertrain Overview

What is a Plug-in Hybrid?

Plug-in hybrid vehicles like the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid use high-powered batteries to power an electric motor, and another fuel, such as gasoline or diesel, to power an internal combustion engine.

They run on electric power, storing enough electricity in the battery to significantly reduce gasoline usage under typical driving conditions. When driven in EV mode they produce zero emissions, and when the battery becomes depleted or additional power is required, the vehicle automatically switches over to the traditional gas-powered engine.

Plug-in hybrids can be charged by plugging them into an electrical outlet or charging station, through regenerative braking or through the internal combustion engine.

Is the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid cleaner than gas-powered vehicles?
The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid emits less greenhouse gas and uses less gasoline than conventional vehicles. Getting electricity from renewable sources such as solar increases the benefit.
How does the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid maximize my customer’s driving range and efficiency?
The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid has various modes and technologies to maximize efficiency and range. There are three driving modes (econ, sport and normal), and there is regenerative braking with the ability to adjust the regenerative capture on the fly with the deceleration selectors on the steering wheel. The Clarity can also alternate between electric, hybrid, and direct gasoline engine drive depending on which is most efficient.
What size is the gasoline engine?
The engine is a 1.5L Atkinson-cycle 4 cylinder engine.
How fast does the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid go?

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has 212 total system horsepower* and, in Sport mode, it delivers exciting acceleration and top speed.

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Horsepower

Total system horsepower as measured by the peak, concurrent output of the two electric motors and gasoline engine.

What is the benefit of instant torque?
The immediate availability of all the motor’s torque results in brisk, smooth acceleration from the moment you press the accelerator. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid offers up all 232 lb-ft of torque at just above zero rpm.
What kind of maintenance is required?
Plug-in Hybrid vehicles can require less maintenance than gasoline only powered vehicles. Please see your owner’s manual for details on scheduled maintenance.

Driving Range

What is the driving range on the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid?

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid received a 47-mile EPA all-electric driving-range rating and a 340-mile combined gas and electric range rating*.

DISCLAIMER(S)
Range & MPGe Rating

110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) gas-electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline-only rating. 47-mile maximum EV mode driving rating. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving-range rating. Based on 2020 EPA ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

How do I maximize range when driving the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid?
The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid features energy-smart climate-control technologies, an efficient heat pump, ECON mode and multiple levels of regeneration to help maximize your driving range.
Are there any functions in the car to help maximize battery range?
Yes, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is equipped with several eco-coaching functions, including an ECON mode adopted from other Honda hybrid vehicles. Additionally there are user controllable regeneration levels.
What does 'MPGe' mean?
'MPGe' stands for 'miles per gallon equivalent,' where one gallon of gasoline equates to 33.7 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. Formulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is the standardized way to compare the fuel efficiency of plug-in electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles to gasoline-powered vehicles. EPA ratings, e.g., MPGe and range, are based on the results of various tests.

Charging & Fueling

How does charging work and what types of charging are available?

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid has an onboard rechargeable battery that stores energy to power the electric motor. The battery can be charged by plugging your Clarity Plug-in Hybrid into an outlet at home, work or any public charging station. There are two ways to charge and both are accessible through the port located on the front left fender.

Level 1 charging can be used by plugging the charging cord provided with the car into a 120-volt household outlet (with a dedicated 15 amp circuit). Level 2 charging requires a 240-volt charger, and is available at 36,000 charging stations throughout the U.S., and/or you can install a Level 2 charging station at your home for the ultimate convenience.

How long does it take to charge the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid?
Charging time depends on the type of charger you select and the battery’s state of charge. Level 1, 120-volt charge takes about 12 hours for a full charge. A 30 amp Level 2, 240-volt charger provides you with a full charge in about 2.5 hours.
Can you plug into any wall outlet at home?
The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid includes a 120-volt adaptor that can be plugged into a 120-volt wall outlet. It is recommended that a dedicated 120-volt GFCI outlet (not shared) with a 15 amp circuit be used and that a licensed-electrician confirm the suitability of any outlet used.
Can I charge at home without a Level 2 system?
Yes, you can charge at home using the Level 1 charging cord that comes with your Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. When connecting to a 120-volt outlet (with a dedicated 15-amp circuit), it takes about 12 hours for a full charge when starting at 11% charge.
How do I install the Level 2, 240-volt charging system at home?

In order to maximize your daily electric range and minimize time spent charging, Honda strongly recommends installing Level 2 (240-volt) charging equipment at your home, if possible. The convenience of home charging means you can start each day with a full battery. Many brands of 240-volt charging equipment are available through online retailers such as Amazon, and at home-improvement retail outlets. Many websites and blogs also incorporate product reviews.

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid utilizes industry standard SAE J1772 equipment, and for optimal charging times, you can purchase equipment with 30 to 32 amps of output. It is also highly recommended that a professional licensed electrician perform the installation. You can arrange for installation by a licensed electrician at most of the locations where charging equipment is available, or search for one on your own. Examples of third-party sites on which to search for local electricians with experience installing home charging include Amazon and QMeritCharging. Installation time and pricing vary, depending on your home electrical capacity and placement, so you may wish to get multiple estimates.

Does the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid need to be charged to drive?
No, you can drive the vehicle in hybrid mode with great fuel efficiency. However, charging the battery helps you get the most out of the vehicle. By maximizing your electric miles driven, you increase your fuel economy and reduce your fueling cost.
Will "topping off” every night damage the battery?
No, "topping off" will not damage the battery.
Can the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid charge itself?
Under certain conditions, the driver can choose to use the gasoline engine to add charge to the vehicle. If the battery charge is less than 57%, pressing and holding the HV button on the center console for two seconds will lock in hybrid drive and use one of the electric motors to charge the battery up to 57%. The vehicle is also able to add some charge through the regenerative braking system during deceleration.
Is Clarity Plug-in Hybrid able to run when the battery is empty?
When the battery charge is at a minimum, the vehicle is still able to run in hybrid mode.
Does the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid use regenerative braking to help recharge the battery?
Yes. Both lifting your foot off the accelerator (coasting) and applying the brakes let the electric motor function as a generator. As the motor slows the vehicle, it produces electricity. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has four driver-adjusted levels of regeneration, controlled by the deceleration selectors on the steering wheel.
How does weather affect the performance and battery life?

The battery technology was designed with thermal stability in mind. However, inclement weather may generally affect the battery performance of all electric vehicles, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid included. Extreme temperatures also often lead to an increased use of the HVAC system, which may result in a decreased driving range.

The available driving range for the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid may be significantly reduced when the vehicle is operated in hot or cold conditions, due to some temporary battery-capacity loss and increased use of air conditioning and heating. This is particularly true with cold-temperature operation. Batteries work by chemical reaction, and the speed of the reactions decrease as the temperature drops, resulting in a temporary decrease in total battery capacity. Driving range is further reduced by increased heater and other accessory use. The heater and all other accessories draw power from the car's high-voltage battery unless the car is plugged into a Level 2 (240-volt) charging system. Reducing accessory drain will improve overall driving range. As the cold temperatures subside, these reductions in driving range should subside as well.

Is there a smartphone application to monitor state of charge?

Yes, with the HondaLink®* app, drivers can remotely check the state of charge, initiate charging, remotely activate the climate control system, and more.

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HondaLink®

Depending on use, HondaLink® can transmit to Honda and its providers a vehicle's location, speed and other operating conditions, information that may be tied to the vehicle identification number (VIN) and can be combined to create a track of a vehicle. For a full explanation of HondaLink® functionality and Honda's data use and privacy policy, see http://owners.honda.com/hondalink.

How much does it cost to use a public station?

There are various public charging networks for charging. The cost at Public stations vary from monthly subscriptions to a few dollars an hour to completely free. To find out how much a particular station costs, check the HondaLink® app, the PlugShare app or PlugShare.com.

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HondaLink®

Depending on use, HondaLink® can transmit to Honda and its providers a vehicle's location, speed and other operating conditions, information that may be tied to the vehicle identification number (VIN) and can be combined to create a track of a vehicle. For a full explanation of HondaLink® functionality and Honda's data use and privacy policy, see http://owners.honda.com/hondalink.

Where can I charge the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid?

There are over 36,000 charging stations across the U.S. located in public locations such as malls, airports, offices and nearby freeways. To find these charging stations, you can use the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™*, HondaLink®*, the PlugShare app or PlugShare.com.

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Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is standard on the Touring trim in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska.) Please see your Honda dealer for details.

HondaLink®

Depending on use, HondaLink® can transmit to Honda and its providers a vehicle's location, speed and other operating conditions, information that may be tied to the vehicle identification number (VIN) and can be combined to create a track of a vehicle. For a full explanation of HondaLink® functionality and Honda's data use and privacy policy, see http://owners.honda.com/hondalink.

How do I find public charging stations near them?

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™*, a charging-station locator and HondaLink®*, which can help you locate nearby charging stations right from your smartphone.

DISCLAIMER(S)
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is standard on the Touring trim in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska.) Please see your Honda dealer for details.

HondaLink®

Depending on use, HondaLink® can transmit to Honda and its providers a vehicle's location, speed and other operating conditions, information that may be tied to the vehicle identification number (VIN) and can be combined to create a track of a vehicle. For a full explanation of HondaLink® functionality and Honda's data use and privacy policy, see http://owners.honda.com/hondalink.

What are the hours of operation at public stations?

Hours are generally set by charging station property owners. Use the HondaLink® app, the PlugShare app or PlugShare.com to get the operating hours for your desired station(s).

DISCLAIMER(S)
HondaLink®

Depending on use, HondaLink® can transmit to Honda and its providers a vehicle's location, speed and other operating conditions, information that may be tied to the vehicle identification number (VIN) and can be combined to create a track of a vehicle. For a full explanation of HondaLink® functionality and Honda's data use and privacy policy, see http://owners.honda.com/hondalink.

Does the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid need gas in the tank?
Yes. Though the vehicle may be driven on electricity alone, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid should never be driven without gas in the tank.
How much gasoline does the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid hold?

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid gas tank holds up to seven gallons of gasoline. Fully charged and with a full gas tank, the vehicle received an EPA total driving-range rating of 340 miles*. Charging the battery often will maximize your driving range.

DISCLAIMER(S)
Range & MPGe Rating

110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) gas-electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline-only rating. 47-mile maximum EV mode driving rating. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving-range rating. Based on 2020 EPA ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

How long is the battery warranty?

The high-voltage battery is built to last and covered by a limited warranty* for 8 years or 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

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High-Voltage Battery Warranty

8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty covers abnormal loss of capacity in the hybrid’s high-voltage battery. Other warranties may provide additional coverage for the high-voltage battery. See dealer for details.

Incentives

What benefits and incentives come with driving the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid?

Owners of the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid may qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $7500, and a California state rebate of $1,000. Various other monetary incentives vary by state and may be available based on where you live.

In addition, electric utilities may offer reduced electricity rates for EV owners. Also, several major car insurance companies offer discounts to EV owners. More potential benefits include rebates for home charger installation, free or preferred public parking, free charging at certain businesses, and reduced toll fees. Sacramento, CA, for instance, offers free parking and charging at public garages, and PG&E offers reduced rates for residential EV charging. Contact your utility and individual businesses for more information.

Visit https://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/state for information on the incentives available in your own state.

Can I use the HOV lane?

For California residents, California law allows single-occupant use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) lanes* by qualifying clean alternative- fuel vehicles such as plug-in hybrids and zero-emission vehicles that have HOV stickers applied to them. Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drivers are eligible to apply for the HOV stickers through the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Under regulations, once you receive and apply the stickers you may use designated HOV lanes even if you’re driving alone. Please contact your dealer or the California DMV for details.

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California HOV Sticker

The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) sticker can be applied for through the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Once installed, you may use designated HOV lanes, even if you’re driving alone. Stickers valid through January 1, 2023.

Features

How many people can the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid accommodate?
The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid comfortably seats five adults.
Why are the rear fenders partially covering the rear wheels?
The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has numerous aerodynamic advances that help reduce overall drag. These include underfloor ducting, a bird-like back shape and air curtains on the front and the rear. Air is guided through the fender, creating a curtain that helps minimize air resistance around the tire.
What is Honda Sensing?

Honda Sensing® is a suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies designed to work together by alerting you to things you might miss while driving.

• Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)*

• Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow*

• Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)*

• Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)*

DISCLAIMER(S)
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)

LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed, road conditions and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow

ACC with Low-Speed Follow cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed, and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather, or on winding roads. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)

CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)

Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle's departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Why does the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid make a sound at low speeds even though there is no engine?
The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid has no engine sound and thus is almost silent. However, for pedestrian safety, it generates a sound when the vehicle is driven below 17 mph.
Can I preset the cabin temperature of the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid using my smartphone before I get into the car?
Yes, you can pre-condition the climate control system in the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid via the HondaLink® App. To avoid using up your battery charge, it helps to preset the cabin temperature while the car is plugged into a charging station.

Roadside Assistance

Is there a roadside assistance program?

Yes. Free 24/7 roadside assistance, including towing, lockout and flat-tire services, is available for 3 years/36,000 miles in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Call 866-864-5211 for assistance or details.

This phone number is also available in the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™*, as well as HondaLink®*.

DISCLAIMER(S)
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is standard on the Touring trim in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska.) Please see your Honda dealer for details.

HondaLink®

Depending on use, HondaLink® can transmit to Honda and its providers a vehicle's location, speed and other operating conditions, information that may be tied to the vehicle identification number (VIN) and can be combined to create a track of a vehicle. For a full explanation of HondaLink® functionality and Honda's data use and privacy policy, see http://owners.honda.com/hondalink.

There is no spare tire. What happens if I get a flat?
Honda has included 24/7 Roadside Assistance that offers flat-tire repair, lockout assistance and towing services for 3 years/36,000 miles in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Like other Honda vehicles, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is equipped with a tire-repair kit to reduce the weight of the car and to help maximize the MPGe. The kit consists of a canister of sealant to plug punctures and a small electric air compressor to re-inflate the tire. The number for Roadside Assistance is 1-866-864-5211.

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