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Clarity Electric Gallery

Discover the advanced technology and premium touches in the inspired Clarity Electric.

Why the Clarity Electric Beats the Leaf

Key features and benefits like faster charging times and more torque make the Clarity Electric a smarter choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Clarity Electric received an EPA combined driving-range rating of 89 miles on a single charge. Your range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors such as vehicle load and weather.

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The Clarity Electric features energy-smart climate control technologies, an efficient Heat Pump, eco mode, and multiple levels of regeneration to help maximize driving range.  

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The air conditioner and heater consume energy from the high-voltage battery, causing the range to decrease.  Also, turning off the air conditioner or heater when not needed will help manage the high voltage battery and increase your driving range.

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Yes, the Clarity Electric is equipped with several eco-coaching functions, including an ECON mode adopted from other Honda hybrid vehicles.  Additionally there are user controllable regeneration levels.

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'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.

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The battery is designed to provide many years of reliable service, and is backed by an 8 year, 100,000 mile warranty.

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The drain on the battery will be very small. However, a variety of factors like outside temperature, age of the battery and the original state of charge when it was parked will have an effect on the drain rate and amount.

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No, "topping off" will not damage the battery.

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The Clarity Electric’s battery technology was designed with thermal stability in mind. However, inclement weather may generally affect the battery performance of all electric vehicles, the Clarity Electric 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 Electric 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, draws power from the car's high voltage battery unless the car is plugged into a Level 2 (240V) charging system. Reducing accessory drain will improve overall driving range. As the cold temperatures subside, these reductions in driving range should subside as well.

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Depending on your driving speed, air conditioner or heater use, weather conditions, and your driving habits, you can usually drive for about 10 miles after the warning lamp turns on. The lamp comes on at 15% charge remaining.

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Yes – lifting the accelerator (coasting) and applying the brakes converts the electric motor into a generator. As the motor slows the vehicle, it produces electricity at the same time. The Clarity Electric has four driver-adjusted levels of regeneration, controlled by the Deceleration Selectors.

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

Level 1 charging can be done by plugging your car into a 120-volt household outlet (with a dedicated 15-amp circuit), and is convenient with the Level 1 charging cord that comes with the Clarity Electric.
Level 2 charging requires a 240-volt charger, and is available at charging stations throughout California and Oregon, or you can install a Level 2 charging station at your home.
DC Fast Charging is the fastest type of charging currently available and is offered at many public charging stations throughout California and Oregon*.

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Charging time depends on the type of charger you select and the battery’s state of charge. Level 1, 120v charge takes about 19 hours for a full charge when starting at 0%. The Level 2, 240v charge provides you with a full charge in about 3.5 hours. The DC Fast Charge provides an 80% charge in about 30 minutes.  

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Plugging the Clarity Electric in to charge at night ensures you have maximum charge available the next morning.  To help minimize cost, use the HondaLink App to schedule charging based on optimum times for your utility.

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The Clarity Electric 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.

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Yes, you can fast charge your car daily.

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Yes, you can charge the Clarity Electric at home by using the Level 1 Charging cord that comes standard with your Clarity Electric. By connecting it to 120V outlet (with a dedicated 15 amp circuit), it takes about 19 hours for a full charge when starting at 0%.

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In order to maximize your daily electric range and minimize time spent charging, Honda strongly recommends installing Level 2 (240V) 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 240v charging equipment are available on line (at Amazon, for example, and on-line sites – including blogs -- usually incorporate product reviews) and at big box home improvement retail outlets.  The Clarity Electric (Plug-In Hybrid) utilizes industry standard SAE J1772 equipment, and for optimal charging times you should 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 you can find charging equipment, or search for one on your own.  Examples of third party sites to search for local electricians with experience installing home charging include Amazon and QMeritCharging. Installation time and pricing do vary depending on your home electrical capacity and placement, so you may wish to get multiple estimates.

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There are over 20,000 chargers in California and Oregon located in public locations such as malls, airports, offices, and near freeways. To find these chargers you can use the in-car navigation system, the HondaLink App, the PlugShare app or

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

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Yes, you can schedule charging through the HondaLink app or with the Clarity Electric's vehicle settings.

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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 

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The Clarity Electric comes standard with Navigation and a charging station locator, as well as the HondaLink App, which can help you locate nearby charging stations. With the HondaLink App, you can find stations right from your smartphone. 

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

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For California residents, through January 1, 2022, 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-emissions vehicles. Clarity (Battery Electric, Fuel Cell or Plug-in Hybrid) drivers are eligible to apply for the HOV decal through the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and under regulations, once you receive the decal, you may use designated HOV lanes, even if you’re driving alone. Please contact your dealer or the California DMV for details.

Please note that for Clarity vehicles that received a white or green HOV decal, those decals are only valid until January 1, 2019. The Clarity vehicles with white or green HOV decals are eligible to apply for a red decal in 2019 granting access to HOV lanes until January 1, 2022.

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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.

There are currently Federal tax credits available for plug in vehicles. Some states also offer rebates and tax credits. These incentives can change frequently. A list of incentives by state is maintained by Plug In America and can be found at:

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Thanks to the Clarity Electric's 221 lb-ft of torque, it is quick off the line. In Sport mode, the Clarity Electric delivers enthusiast-level performance in terms of acceleration and top speed.

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The benefit is the immediate availability of all the motor’s torque from the moment you press the accelerator. The Clarity Electric offers up all 221 lb-ft. of torque at just above zero RPM. The result is brisk, smooth acceleration right off the line.  

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The Clarity Electric has no engine sound and thus is almost silent. However, for pedestrian safety, it generates an audible sound when the vehicle is driven below 17mph.

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Yes, you can pre-condition the climate control system in the Clarity Electric via the HondaLink App. To help avoid reducing your battery charge, you can preset the cabin temperature while the car is plugged into a charging station. You can also pre-condition the cabin without being plugged in, as long as the battery state of charge is above 50%.

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The Clarity Electric comfortably fits 5 adult passengers.

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Yes, free 24/7 roadside assistance is available for towing, lockout and flat tire services, in the event you need it. The navigation system, as well as the HondaLink app, includes the number for free nationwide roadside assistance, 1-866-372-5139.

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Honda has included 24/7 Roadside Assistance that offers flat-tire repair, lockout assistance and towing services. Like other Hondas, the Clarity Electric also comes 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 1-866-372-5139.

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Free roadside assistance is available to assist you nationwide. The number for the service is 1-866-372-5139 , and can also be found in the navigation system or by using the HondaLink app. 

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Electric vehicles typically require less maintenance than gasoline-powered vehicles, as no oil changes are needed. Please see your owners manual for details on scheduled maintenance.

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Only Clarity Electric certified Honda dealers are qualified to work on the Clarity Electric drivetrain. Other issues can be addressed at any Honda dealership.

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San Rafael, CA

Santa Rosa, CA

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Stockton, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Alhambra, California

Anaheim, CA

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Cathedral City, CA

City of Industry, CA

Culver City, CA

El Cajon, CA

Escondido, CA

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Lancaster, CA

Loma Linda, CA

Mission Hills, CA

Monrovia, CA

Montclair, CA

Pasadena, CA

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

San Juan Capistrano, CA

San Diego, CA

Santa Ana, CA

Santa Monica, CA

Thousand Oaks, CA

Van Nuys, CA

Westminster, CA

Woodland Hills, CA

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