Honda strives to continually achieve automotive innovation, and the Honda Clarity is evidence of the brand’s interest in offering alternatives to fossil fuels. Here is what we know about the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle design thus far.
According to Forbes, the PHEV has a two-motor system. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine does not power the wheels; rather, it powers a generator that charges an electric battery. This battery is then used to power the electric motor that drives the car. This way, the Clarity will deliver torque to the drive wheels directly, so as not to reduce acceleration rates.
The Clarity PHEV powertrain produces 182 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque, which lets it speed from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. The Clarity, according to Forbes, will travel about 50 miles on a single electric charge; still, there’s a gasoline tank to supplement the battery if you need it. In short, Honda designed the Clarity PHEV to help relieve range anxiety.
Honda priced the Clarity PHEV to be affordable, encouraging those who would not normally spend the money on an eco-friendly vehicle to consider it.
Honda is addressing the issues skeptics have had in the past with other PHEVs, from their short range, to lagging acceleration and costly price tag. If you would like to learn more about the Clarity and its different forms, contact us at Don Wessel Honda.