Charged to 100 (Clarity Electric)

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  1. sascher18

    sascher18 New Member

    I'm new owner to Honda Clarity. Charged car overnight with include cable at 110V and this am the car said I had a range of 100. Does that make sense? I though max was 89
     
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  2. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Is that 100 kilometers?
    I believe that it gives that number based on your previous driving efficiency. So, if you're driving is pretty efficient, this number will be bigger.

    I am ready to stand corrected by actual owners, though.
     
  3. sascher18

    sascher18 New Member

    sorry, that was 100 miles. Car is one day old, so trying to understand how everything works.
     
  4. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    is this the all-electric Clarity or the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Clarity? The number seems really high for the PHEV, since it only has a 17 kWh battery.
    The Clarity Electric is rated by the EPA for a range of 89 miles. I think you'll need to drive for a few days for the car to accurately reflect the number of miles you travel on a charge. If you're driving patterns are consistent, the range should be consistent, once it's "taught."

    Again, ready to stand corrected.
     
  5. sascher18

    sascher18 New Member

    It's the all-electric Clarity. I know battery is for 89 miles; I was surprised to see it show a range of 100 miles after full-charge too. I'll track this to see if it changes over the week.
     
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  6. JyChevyVolt

    JyChevyVolt Active Member

    My GOM shows 117 miles. It's called a guess o meter for a reason.

    I drive 80 miles and come home with 30 miles remaining on the GOM.
     
  7. sascher18

    sascher18 New Member

    Interesting? Thanks for the update.
     
  8. Viking79

    Viking79 Well-Known Member

    In my PHEV model it varies based on how I have been driving and maybe temperature as well. It is showing 34 or 35 miles right now and is pretty accurate, but it has been 20s to low 40s degrees F. Electric cars tend to be most efficient in the 20 to 40 mph range, so if you average those speeds and don't require climate control (like heat in the cold) your estimate will probably be higher than EPA rated combined range figure that is posted on the car window.
     
  9. Tiralc

    Tiralc Active Member

    I notice compared to my Volts, the engine seems to come on occasionally when the Clarity "perceives" I want more cabin heat. For example, twice now, I noticed engine operation and turned off the seat heater (from one bar to off) and the engine went off in seconds. If the case (not sure, could be coincidence), the Guess-O-meter might do better with regards to cabin heat (depending on how it's being supplemented by engine heat / engine generated electrical power).

    When not on the highway, I drive pretty gently, but I am a hog when it comes to cabin heat. I don't worry about energy and crank it up.

    In the 20's to 30's recently, my full charge range has been running between about 32 to 34 miles. About 2 hour recharge is really nice!

    (apology to OP, just realized we got off track from the Clarity BEV)
     
  10. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    I see the Honda Clarity Electric (the BEV version of the car) is rated at 89 miles by the EPA, so I'm guessing that's what you have? That's not the maximum range, that's just the average range the car gets when driven according to the EPA's test procedures, and it includes a variety of driving situations, such as slower driving in the city and faster driving on the highway.

    As you gain experience, you'll probably come to agree that the car's range estimator should be called a "Guess-O-Meter" (or "GOM"), as JyChevyVolt suggested. GOM is snarky term which I think originated among Leaf owners, because in the early years its range estimator was notoriously unreliable. Your actual range will depend on a lot of things, including your driving habits (lead-footed or cautious? Jack-rabbit starts and slamming on the brakes at stop lights, or gradual starts and stops, coasting where possible?) as well as how much you drive in stop-and-go traffic vs. highway travel. It will also depend on whether you use the cabin heater or air conditioner, and if you live in a region where it gets very cold in the winter -- let's say, 20° F or below -- then you'll find the car's range is less on a cold day.

    But the speed at which you drive has the biggest impact on range. If you want to extend the car's range, then drive slower when you're on the highway.

    And welcome to the world of BEVs! :)
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  11. dstrauss

    dstrauss Well-Known Member

    Like that "GOM" acronym - cold weather here in West Texas has dropped my starting range estimate to 43-45 miles (PHEV Touring model), but until we hit the 20's this week, it was consistently over 50. Since EPA rating is an "average" and 90% of my EV miles are 45 mph or less range, as an old time Prius user, that tells me we can do better than 50 miles EV with good weather conditions, a light touch on the accelerator, and some regen braking. All that said, I fear what my range will look like when we hit 100 and AC is mandatory 24/7 inside the cockpit from June-August...:eek:
     

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