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.
An electric vehicle, such as the Clarity Electric, is powered exclusively by an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine, using electricity stored in high-capacity batteries, and produces zero emissions. The electric motor gets energy from a controller, which regulates the amount of power—based on the driver’s use of an accelerator pedal. Electric vehicles use energy stored in rechargeable batteries, which are recharged by common household electricity or public charging stations.
A Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV), like the Clarity Fuel Cell, is a long-range all-electric vehicle that uses a fuel cell stack to create electricity on demand. A Fuel Cell Vehicle generates electricity using a process that combines hydrogen and oxygen inside its fuel cell, and emits only water.
Although it’s an electric vehicle, there is never a need to “charge” the car with a plug. Instead, it is simply refueled in 3-5 minutes at a hydrogen station. Since the Clarity has a 366-mile range rating,* the time between fill-ups is similar to what you would experience in a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle—except the Clarity produces zero emissions. In fact, the only by-product of this power source is water vapor.
While all three powertrains use an electric drive motor, there are several differences that allow each vehicle to suit various lifestyles and driving uses.
Fuel Cell Vehicles tend to have range ratings of 300 miles or more and refueling times under 5 minutes, along with a highly-efficient fuel cell to create the on-demand electricity for power, with no emissions.
A battery electric vehicle (BEV) obtains its power from electricity stored in highly-efficient and powerful batteries that require recharging via a power outlet. A BEV also produces no emissions, and has range ratings that can vary from 50-315 miles, depending on battery capacity. Recharge times that can vary from 1-10 hours.
Plug-in Hybrid vehicles use a traditional gasoline engine as well as an electric motor with a battery to allow all-electric driving capability. By utilizing this hybrid powertrain, the vehicle can be driven fuel-efficiently for long driving distances. When driven in EV mode, it produces zero emissions.The battery can be recharged from a power outlet much like a battery electric vehicle.
The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and Clarity Electric have onboard rechargeable batteries that store energy to power the electric motor, and can be charged by plugging into an outlet at home, work or any public charging station.
• Level 1 charging can be done by plugging the vehicle into a 120-volt household outlet, and is convenient with the Level 1 120-volt adaptor that comes standard with the vehicle. It’s 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.
• Level 2 charging is a fast and convenient way to charge, requiring a 240-volt charger, and available at public charging stations nationwide. You can also install a Level 2 charging station at your home. There are many choices for home charging, with equipment available from reputable manufacturers such as Leviton, Bosch, Clipper Creek, and many others. We recommend that a licensed electrician that has experience with these types of installations install it. A third party article with good information can be found here: http://www.plugincars.com/quick-guide-buying-your-first-home-ev-charger-126875.html
• The Clarity Electric also can be charged using DC Fast Charging, which is the fastest type of charging currently available, allowing for up to an 80% charge in 30 minutes. DC Fast Charging is available at many public charging stations throughout the nation.
Fueling your Clarity Fuel Cell is as simple as fueling a traditional gasoline powered car and can be done in 3-5 minutes. Your Clarity dealer can provide simple instructions for refueling, and most hydrogen fueling stations also provide on-screen training prompts to guide you through the fueling process.
When you first pull up to a hydrogen dispenser, you will be prompted to follow each successive step. While most dispensers will have two available pressures, and the Clarity is capable of using both, select the H70 pressure option to help maximize your range. When fueling is complete, you will be prompted to disconnect the nozzle and return it to the dispenser. The HondaLink App with StationFinder will locate all approved hydrogen fueling stations, and can map the nearest one. You may also refer to the California Fuel Cell Partnership website (http://cafcp.org/stationmap) to find active and upcoming hydrogen fueling stations.
Owners of electric, hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles can be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits. Some states also offer rebates and additional tax credits. These incentives can change frequently. A list of incentives by state can be found at: https://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/state.
Electric utilities may offer reduced electricity rates for electric vehicle 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.
The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is available for purchase or lease at all Honda dealerships nationwide, the Clarity Electric is available for lease at select dealers in California and Oregon, and the Clarity Fuel Cell is available for lease at participating dealers in California.