About Plug-In Hybrid

Experience no compromise. See how forward-thinking engineering and design provide the flexibility and benefits of plug-in hybrid technology.

What is a Plug-In Hybrid?

An advanced hybrid that lets you drive on electric power alone, or tap into the gas engine for longer drives.
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What are the Advantages?

Save money charging at home, save time skipping gas stations.
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What are the Advantages?

Save money charging at home, save time skipping gas stations.

Benefits

Two Ways to Fuel

When electricity runs out, gas kicks in.
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Fill-Up Less, Save More

Save money at the pump and on regular maintenance.
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Eligible for HOV Lane Access

(States vary)
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Federal Tax Credit & State Incentives

Get up to $7,500 in Federal Tax Credits, and take advantage of state benefits.
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Convenient Charging Options

Plug and go with fast Level 2 or convenient Level 1 charging.
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HondaLink® App

Stay connected to your Clarity Plug-In Hybrid using your smartphone.
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Federal & State Incentives

Select your region to learn about the incentives available in your state.

Many states offer benefits and incentives to Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drivers. Check below to see what may be available in your state and locally in your area. Information is subject to change. 

 

Owners of Clarity Plug-In Hybrid may be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits.

New Hampshire Vermont Maine Rhode Island New York Pennsylvania Florida Washington, D.C. Michigan California Florida New Hampshire Michigan Vermont Maine Rhode Island New York Pennsylvania Washington, D.C. California
Alaska

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Arizona

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California

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Montana

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Nevada

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Oregon

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Utah

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Washington

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Many states offer benefits and incentives to Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drivers. Check below to see what may be available in your state and locally in your area. Information is subject to change. 

 

Owners of Clarity Plug-In Hybrid may be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits.

New Hampshire Vermont Maine Rhode Island New York Pennsylvania Florida Washington, D.C. Michigan California Florida New Hampshire Michigan Vermont Maine Rhode Island New York Pennsylvania Washington, D.C. California
Colorado

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Kansas

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Nebraska

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New Mexico

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North Dakota

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Oklahoma

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South Dakota

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Texas

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Wyoming

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Many states offer benefits and incentives to Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drivers. Check below to see what may be available in your state and locally in your area. Information is subject to change. 

 

Owners of Clarity Plug-In Hybrid may be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits.

New Hampshire Vermont Maine Rhode Island New York Pennsylvania Florida Washington, D.C. Michigan California Florida New Hampshire Michigan Vermont Maine Rhode Island New York Pennsylvania Washington, D.C. California
Illinois

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Indiana

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Iowa

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Kentucky

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Michigan

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Minnesota

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Missouri

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Ohio

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Wisconsin

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Many states offer benefits and incentives to Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drivers. Check below to see what may be available in your state and locally in your area. Information is subject to change. 

 

Owners of Clarity Plug-In Hybrid may be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits.

New Hampshire Vermont Maine Rhode Island New York Pennsylvania Florida Washington, D.C. Michigan California Florida New Hampshire Michigan Vermont Maine Rhode Island New York Pennsylvania Washington, D.C. California
Connecticut

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Delaware

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Maine

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Maryland

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Massachusetts

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

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New York

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Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island

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Vermont

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Many states offer benefits and incentives to Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drivers. Check below to see what may be available in your state and locally in your area. Information is subject to change. 

 

Owners of Clarity Plug-In Hybrid may be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits.

New Hampshire Vermont Maine Rhode Island New York Pennsylvania Florida Washington, D.C. Michigan California Florida New Hampshire Michigan Vermont Maine Rhode Island New York Pennsylvania Washington, D.C. California
Alabama

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Arkansas

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District of Columbia

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Florida

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Georgia

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Louisiana

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Mississippi

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North Carolina

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South Carolina

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Tennessee

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Virginia

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West Virginia

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Frequently Asked Questions

Plug-in hybrid vehicles, such as the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, are vehicles that 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, the vehicle automatically switches over to the traditional gas-powered engine to allow for continued driving.

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

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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.

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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.

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The engine is a 1.5L Atkinson-cycle 4 cylinder engine.

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Thanks to the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid's 232 lb-ft of torque, it is quick off the line. In Sport mode, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 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 Plug-in Hybrid offers up all 232 lb-ft. of torque at just above zero RPM. The result is brisk, smooth acceleration right off the line.

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Plug-in Hybrid vehicles can require less maintenance than gasoline only powered vehicles. Please see your owner’s manual for details on scheduled maintenance.

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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. Your range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors such as vehicle load and weather.

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

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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.

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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 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 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 is included with the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. Level 2 charging requires a 240-volt charger, and is available at over 36,000 charging stations throughout the U.S., or you can install a Level 2 charging station at your home.

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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 when starting at 11% charge. The Level 2, 240-volt charge provides you with a full charge in about 2.5 hours.

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The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid includes a 120-volt adapter 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 charge the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid at home by using the Level 1 Charging cord that comes standard with your Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. By connecting it to 120-volt outlet (with a dedicated 15 amp circuit), it takes about 12 hours for a full charge when starting at 11% charge.

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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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No, you can drive the vehicle in hybrid mode with great fuel efficiency. However, to get the most out of the vehicle it is advantageous to plug it in to charge the battery. By maximizing your electric miles driven you increase your fuel economy and reduce your fueling cost. Plus, it’s fun!

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

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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.

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When the battery charge is at a minimum, the vehicle is still able to run in hybrid mode.

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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 Plug-in Hybrid has four driver-adjusted levels of regeneration, controlled by the Decelerator Paddle Selectors on the steering wheel.

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The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid’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 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, draws 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.

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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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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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There are over 36,000 chargers across the US 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 PlugShare.com.

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The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 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 PlugShare.com to get the operating hours for your desired station(s).

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Though the vehicle may be driven on electricity alone, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid should never be driven without gas in the tank.

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The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid gas tank holds up to 7 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.

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Major Hybrid System Components are covered for a minimum of 8 years and 100,000 miles. The hybrid battery may be covered up to 10 years and 150,000 miles depending on the state in which the vehicle is registered and operated. The warranty information provided with the vehicle provides full coverage details, or you can view them here.

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