Honda Clarity 2019
The Honda Clarity 2019 is a midsize sedan that offers three different powertrain options: plug-in hybrid, all-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell. Honda developed the Clarity as part of its commitment to producing eco-friendly vehicles that prioritize efficiency and sustainability. The Clarity features an elegant exterior design with aerodynamic styling elements. It showcases clean lines, LED headlights, and a distinctive front grille. The overall look is sleek and modern, emphasizing both aesthetic appeal and optimized aerodynamics. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid model combines a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This hybrid powertrain provides the convenience of electric driving with the extended range of a gasoline engine. It offers an estimated all-electric driving range of around 76 kilometers (47 miles), making it suitable for daily commuting and short trips. When the battery is depleted, the gasoline engine takes over, providing a total driving range of over 530 kilometers (330 miles).
The Clarity Electric model is powered solely by an electric motor and a 25.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It offers an estimated all-electric driving range of around 143 kilometers (89 miles), providing emission-free driving with no gasoline consumption. The battery can be recharged in as little as three hours with a 240-volt Level 2 charger. The Clarity Fuel Cell model utilizes hydrogen fuel cell technology, converting hydrogen gas into electricity to power the vehicle. It generates electricity through a chemical reaction and emits only water vapor as a byproduct. The fuel cell model provides an estimated driving range of up to 589 kilometers (366 miles) and can be refueled in approximately three to five minutes. However, it’s important to note that the availability of hydrogen fueling infrastructure is currently limited in many areas. Inside the Clarity, you’ll find a spacious and comfortable cabin that can accommodate up to five passengers. The interior design is modern and well-appointed, featuring high-quality materials and intuitive controls.
The vehicle offers a range of convenience and comfort features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and available leather upholstery. In terms of technology, the Clarity is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen display that integrates with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing seamless smartphone integration. It also includes Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and available navigation system. Safety features include Honda Sensing, which comprises a suite of driver-assistive technologies like collision mitigation braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and road departure mitigation. In terms of fuel efficiency and emissions, the Clarity excels across its powertrain options. The plug-in hybrid model offers an estimated fuel economy rating of 42 MPG combined and an EPA-estimated electric-only fuel economy rating of around 110 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). The electric model produces zero tailpipe emissions, while the fuel cell model emits only water vapor. Overall, the Honda Clarity 2019 is a versatile and eco-friendly midsize sedan that offers multiple powertrain options to cater to different driving needs and environmental goals. With its stylish design, advanced technology, and commitment to sustainability, the Clarity showcases Honda’s dedication to providing efficient and environmentally responsible transportation solutions.
As with a gasoline powered vehicle, the fuel efficiency and the range of this vehicle is most impacted by the driver’s driving style. Aggressive acceleration and high-speed driving can easily trigger the system to switch the propulsion source to the gasoline-powered engine. Climate control system usage also has a strong impact with heavy usage negatively affecting the vehicle’s range. In particular, when it is cold outside, the climate control system consumes a lot of power, so the vehicle’s driving range on electric power can be reduced. The capacity of the HV battery will be less when the temperature is low.
There are two types of batteries used in this vehicle, a standard 12-volt battery that powers the airbags, the interior and exterior lights, and other standard 12-volt systems, and a high-voltage battery that is used to power the propulsion motor and recharge the 12-volt battery.
High voltage parts and high voltage wires in this vehicle are sheathed in electromagnetic shielding material; therefore, the amount of electromagnetic waves emitted is no greater than those emitted by household appliances or the electrical parts in conventional vehicles.
Sounds Unique to the SPORT HYBRID i-MMD Plug-in (intelligent Multi-Mode Drive Plug-in)
When you first start driving this vehicle, you likely will hear some unfamiliar sounds, particularly when you first turn on the power system, while driving, and just after parking. Some of these sounds are unique to this vehicle‘s powertrain, fuel, and climate control systems; others are similar to sounds generated by conventional automobiles that typically are masked by louder noises absent from a vehicle of this design. These sounds are not a cause for concern, and you will soon recognize them as normal and thus be able to detect any new or unusual noise should one develop.
After shutting off the engine, you may hear certain noises coming from the vehicle. Here’s the lowdown:
- Noise from Under Vehicle: This noise is caused by the vacuum pump inside the fuel evaporation leakage check module (ELCM).
- Depending on conditions, the pump will come on for about 15 minutes about 5 to 10 hours after the engine shutoff. This noise is just normal vehicle operation and doesn’t indicate a vehicle problem.
Do not touch the High Voltage system
Attempting to take a system component apart or disconnect one of its wires can cause severe electrical shock. If the High Voltage system is in need of maintenance or repair, make sure that the maintenance or repair is carried out by a dealer.
If a crash occurs
- Be careful of electric shock hazard.
- If a severe crash damages your vehicle’s High Voltage system, there is a possibility of electrical shock due to exposed High Voltage components or wires. If this happens, do not touch any of the High Voltage system components or any of its orange wires.
- Avoid contact with High Voltage battery fluid.
- The High Voltage battery contains a flammable electrolyte that can leak as a result of a severe crash. Avoid any skin or eye contact with the electrolyte as it is corrosive. If you accidentally come into contact with the electrolyte, rinse the exposed skin or flush your eyes with copious amounts of water for at least five minutes, then seek medical attention immediately.
- Use a fire extinguisher for an electrical fire.
- Attempting to extinguish an electrical fire with even a small quantity of water can be dangerous. Anytime the vehicle is damaged in a crash, have it repaired by a dealer.
Emergency Shutdown System for the High Voltage System
If the vehicle is involved in a crash, the emergency shutdown system will activate depending on the severity of the impact. When the system activates, the High Voltage system automatically shuts down, and the vehicle can no longer move under its own power. To return the High Voltage system back to normal operation, consult a dealer. Honda collects and recycles High Voltage batteries used in its vehicles. Consult a dealer for more information.
- Changes color to reflect how fuel-efficiently you are driving.
- Green: Slow acceleration or deceleration (good fuel economy)
- White-green: Moderate acceleration or deceleration (moderate fuel economy)
- White: Aggressive acceleration or deceleration (poor fuel economy)
- The indicator remains red as long as SPORT mode is activated.
Drive Cycle Score/Lifetime Points
- Appears when the power mode is in VEHICLE OFF (LOCK).
Eco Drive Display
The vehicle icon in the display moves forward and back.
- When you accelerate and decelerate, the icon moves forward and back respectively. The greater the acceleration or deceleration, the greater the icon moves.
- You can maintain better fuel efficiency by keeping the icon in the center.
Power Door Mirrors
- With the power mode in ON, move the selector switch to L or R.
- Push the appropriate edge of the adjustment switch to adjust the mirror.
- With the power mode in ON, open and close the power windows.
- If the power window lock button is in the off position, each passenger’s window can be opened and closed with its own switch.
- If the power window lock button is in the on position (indicator on), each passenger’s window switch is disabled.
Deceleration Paddle Selector
When you release the accelerator pedal, you can control the rate of deceleration without releasing your hands from the steering wheel. Using the deceleration paddle selector situated on the steering wheel, you can sequentially shift through four stages of deceleration. Pull the (+ selector for a few seconds when you want to cancel the deceleration paddle selector.
- When SPORT mode is OFF
- If you pull back the paddle selector, the rate of deceleration will change temporarily, and the stage will appear in the instrument panel.
- When SPORT mode is ON
- If you pull back the paddle selector, the rate of deceleration will change and the stage along with M will appear in the instrument panel.
VSA® On and Off
- The Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®) system helps stabilize the vehicle during cornering and helps maintain traction while accelerating on loose or slippery road surfaces.
- VSA® comes on automatically every time you turn on the power system.
- To partially disable or fully restore VSA® function, press and hold the button until you hear a beep.
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