2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Performance Specs

The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is an efficient sedan that offers drivers a powerful and dynamic performance on the road. Using a unique electric motor combined with a hybrid engine system, the Clarity can operate on electric power alone before using a drop of fuel. And unlike other electric vehicles, the hybrid engine kicks in when the battery depletes, removing any anxiety about reaching your destination before the battery runs down. The Clarity can go the distance and offers drivers a dynamic performance while on the journey.

  • Drive for longer distances without the restrictions of battery life.
  • Recharge and refuel in convenient and simple ways.
  • Active safety features enhance an already powerful performance.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In

Electric Motor

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid generates electric power with an AC Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Electric Motor using a 17 kWh lithium-ion battery. By itself, the motor produces 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. Powerful and long-lasting, the battery life is sufficient enough to cover most drivers’ commutes without using a drop of fuel.

Hybrid Engine

Unlike other electric vehicles, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has an efficient hybrid engine that takes over when the battery starts to wane. It can take drivers long past the limits and mile ranges of the battery, while still offering incredible fuel efficiency. And with the engine and motor working together in this hybrid system, the Clarity achieves a total system horsepower of 212.

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In


Working in tandem with the engine and motor is an Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT). It expertly transfers the power generated under the hood and delivers it to the wheels, contributing to the overall efficiency of the Clarity’s powertrain. The transmission also features a Sport Mode and Deceleration Paddle Selectors, making your driving experience with the Clarity engaging and fun.

Fuel Economy

Operating on electric power alone, the Clarity achieves a Maximum EV Mode Driving Range Rating of 47 miles*. That may well cover most drivers’ daily commutes. But for drivers who exceed that range, the hybrid engine is designed to take over and gives the Clarity a Combined Gas-Electric Range Rating of 340 miles*. The miles per gallon estimates for the hybrid engine are:

  • Gasoline-Electric Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPGe, Combined) – 110 miles*
  • Gasoline-Only MPG – 44 city / 40 highway / 42 combined mpg*
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In

Recharge and Refuel

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid makes recharging the battery simple and convenient in two ways:

  • The most cost-effective and fastest option is to simply plug the Clarity into a 240-volt charger for just 2.5 hours to recharge the battery fully. For the times when a 240-volt charger isn’t available, the Clarity can be recharged through a standard 120-volt wall power outlet.
  • The second method takes 12 hours for the battery to recharge fully. When you’re on the road, you can access more than 36,000 EV charging stations across the United States. Locate these stations quickly and easily with apps like HondaLink.
  • To refuel the engine, simply fill up the tank at any gas station.

Active Safety Features Boost Performance

The strong and dynamic performance of the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid gets added enhancements with a long list of active safety features. These features make sure that the Clarity is performing at its best, even in inclement weather.

  • Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control – Helps stabilize the Clarity during cornering and can correct over-steering or under-steering. It also helps the Clarity maintain good tractive control with the road, even on slippery or loose surfaces.
  • Anti-Lock Braking System – This system prevents the wheels from locking up while braking, to help prevent skidding on the road.
  • Electronic Brake Distribution – This system automatically varies the amount of braking pressure applied to each of the four wheels depending on factors such as speed and road conditions.
  • Brake Assist – Helps the Clarity come to a complete stop more quickly and safely during an emergency braking situation.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System – Helps drivers easily monitor the pressure in each of the four wheels so drivers can be sure they are driving on properly inflated tires.
  • LED Daytime Running Lights – Ensures that the Clarity is clearly visible to other drivers on the road, regardless of weather conditions.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Exterior Overhead Angle

Test Drive Today

Find out more information on the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid by contacting us or visiting your nearest Central Illinois Honda Dealer. Explore current offers and experience the performance of the Clarity first-hand with a test drive today.

*110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 47-mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

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