Description

The Clarity Electric is an all-electric four-door liftback sedan from Honda. The Clarity Electric is the all-electric version of the Clarity family of vehicles, which includes the Fuel-Cell Clarity (currently for lease) and the upcoming Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.  With a 25.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Clarity Electric achieves an EPA-estimated electric range of 89 miles.  The Clarity Electric is powered by a 120 kW electric motor that develops 161 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, and achieves 114 MPGe on the EPA’s combined cycle and 126 MPGe around town.  Standard cargo space is 14.3 cubic feet, with 60/40 split folding rear seats and 102 cubic feet of passenger volume.  The Clarity Electric seats five in premium leather seats with front seat heating and power adjustability.  The Clarity Electric comes standard with Honda Sensing, an intelligent suite of safety and driver-assist technologies that help drivers maintain awareness.  Honda Sensing includes: Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruiser Control, and Lane Keeping Assist System.  CCS Fast Charging allows the Clarity Electric to recharge 80% of its battery in 30 minutes.  On a level 2 charger, the Clarity Electric takes approximately 3 hours to recharge.  The Clarity Electric is only available for lease.

Specs
  • Vehicle Type: Four-Door Liftback
  • Drivetrain: EV
  • Electric Range: 89 mi
  • Top Speed: 105 mph
  • Number of Seats: 5
  • Connector Type(s):
  • Price (USD): $37,495
  • Vehicle Website: Official Site
  • Sources: Clarity Electric Specs
  • CVRP Eligible
8 comments on “Honda Clarity Electric”
  1. Ted says:

    I have just finished a three year lease with the Ford Focus BEV. It is a good car and met our family needs. The Clarity is so much bigger and more comfortable. My son is now 5’10” at age 15 and now has the leg room he needs in the back seat. I have a 208V charger at home and the same available at work. When charging I consider a ‘rule of thumb’, 208V charging gives about 24 mile addition to the range for every hour of charge, 110V gives about 4 miles of additional range per hour of charge. If I am out and need some charge, 30 minutes (208V) will place 12 miles range back on the battery while I have lunch. I wish there were more fast charging 480V stations around. I really enjoy driving with ALL Electric. Driving with 90 mile range is like driving with a third of a tank of gas. You can get around town and do what you need to do. Having the 208V charging at home allows for charging at home at any time of day or night so it is always charged up and ready to Go.

  2. Hector Mares says:

    When I got leased the Clarity, I was under the impression that the charging cable was able to operate on 110 and 220, just like computers etc. Now after having an electrician wire my garage for a level 2 220 v, I found out that it is only good for use on 110. Is Honda kidding? Am I to trow away a brand new charging cable and expend another 450 dollar on a new charging cable?

    1. Ted says:

      Don’t throw away that cable. It is really convenient to have. I have used it when visiting at friends houses. I just ask if it is okay to plug in while we visit.
      I had a 2015 Ford Focus BEV which had 70 mile range. I visited friends in Orange county and charged at their house and was able to get the charge I needed to come home over the overnight visit.

  3. Nara Gudimella says:

    I just got my Honda Clarity Plug-in. Is the charger that came with the car can be used for Level 2 charging? specs on that charger says 110 V input and 110 V output. Can someone please clarify ? Is the dealer supposed to give me Level 2 charger ?

  4. Robert says:

    In an era when 200+ mile range is the standard 89 miles seems kind of lackluster. Still it is a start to get Honda into the market and one has to realize that there is a market for everything. If you use your vehicle for commuting to and from work with some side trips 89 miles is sufficient. Longer out of town trips you would need a longer ranged EV, plug in hybrid or even an ICE vehicle (if only a rental). This is just Honda’s step into a bigger world. We will see longer ranged vehicles from them and others in the next few years.

  5. Peggy Chmiel says:

    Just leased my Clarity. I called EV-go and they said it would take 10 hours to charge on Level 2? We are told and information above states 3 hours. Where does this discrepancy come from? Will I be able to install a quick charger at my house, so it charges in 3 hours? Where do I get one and who installs?

    1. John U'Ren says:

      Hi Peggy,

      EV-go is incorrect. The charge time for a 240-volt Level 2 charger is just over 3 hours. You can even calculate it yourself! The Honda Clarity Electric has a 25.5 kWh battery pack, and charges at a rate of 6.6 kW. To find out how long it would take to charge the car at its maximum charging speed (6.6 kW), you simply divide 25.5 by 6.6, which equals 3.86 hours; however, since you aren’t actually charging the full 25.5 kWh (because an EV’s battery is never completely depleted), the charge time comes to the state 3.1 hours. As long as your Level 2 charger is rated for at least 6.6 kW, you can charge your Honda Clarity Electric in just over 3 hours. These chargers are available from several major charger manufacturers, and they are usually installed by an electrician certified to install EV chargers. Head on over to our charger tracker for some suggestions: https://pluginamerica.org/get-equipped/charging/ – not that this list is not exhaustive.

      Thank you!

      John

      1. BOB says:

        Actually, the charge time is not a direct linear relationship.
        All batteries charge at around max ability up to 80% + charge.
        It then tapers off and goes down to a trickle.
        You can be up to almost a full charge in that time but not totally. The last few percent takes time as you drop from, say, 6.6 kwh to under 2.0 kwh.
        I have a Leaf, had a 2017 Volt and getting a Bolt EV in weeks. I have watched the charge rates on my cars. That last hour gets me less than a kw, due to the trickle, as the battery tops up.

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