Although it was introduced just recently, it looks like we are going to see some upgrades already for the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. If you follow news about hybrid and electric cars, you probably know that the Japanese manufacturer announced that earlier in the year that new plug-in hybrid will feature a 42-mpg all-electric range.
However, it turned to be even better. You are going to get an additional 5 miles, so it will now be as almost as two times more compared to the Toyota Prius Prime. In all other aspects, we presume that the 2018 Clarity Plug-in will come with already known details. This is a brand-new car from Honda, which comes to compete with the legendary Prius. Moreover, it starts a whole new era of the company’s electrified cars, features fuel cell and all-electric versions as well.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid gets extended electric range
As we already mentioned, these are great news about the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. Instead 42 miles of all-electric range, you will get 47. This might not sound so impressive to you, but we must remind you that the Prius Prime features an all-electric range of just 25 miles. So, you get almost two times longer range.
However, Toyota’s legend is still unbeatable in terms of overall range. It this model, Prius Prime goes up to amazing 640 miles, while the new 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is good for “just” 340 miles. Anyway, this additional five miles will provide a bigger advantage in the competition of hybrid cars, which is one of the most important segments of the car industry, especially if we think about the future of car industry.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid powertrain
Besides extender all-electric range, 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has much more to offer. This new model comes with a completely new powertrain, which features a single electric motor that is good for about 180 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque.
There is also a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which primarily acts as a generator and charges the battery. However, there are some certain circumstances where it sends power to the wheels. Speaking about battery pack, this car features a 17-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Another benefit is that the battery can be recharged in just 2.5 hours.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid fuel economy
As we already mentioned, this model earned 47 miles in the all-electric range in EPA testing, but there are many other great things about this plug-in hybrid. Besides the class-leading all-electric range, there is also an amazing 110 MPG-e, when it comes to the fuel economy. For comparison, in gasoline-only mode, it returns around 42 miles per gallon. The total range of the car is around 340 miles, as we mentioned before.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid design
This new plug-in hybrid isn’t just about range, fuel economy and similar sorts of things. This is a true mid-size car, which has so much to offer. When it comes to styling, this is one very attractive car. Of course, there are some funny details that are usual for hybrid cars, but the overall look is pretty good. The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid will completely follow the new design language of the brand. So, there is a front end that can be seen on all other models from Honda.
Interior design is even more amazing. First of all, this model offers plenty of space and it is a true family car. Also, it features hi-quality materials which, along with numerous hi-tech features, give that premium feel. When it comes to technologies, we will see things like large touchscreen, navigation, power-adjustable seats, smartphone connectivity and plenty of advanced safety systems.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid price
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid should feature starting price around 35.000 dollars. Latest reports suggest that it will be available in all 50 states.