Exposed HV Cable Under Driver Side Rear Door

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by Richard Hwang, Aug 10, 2018.

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  1. Richard Hwang

    Richard Hwang New Member

    The orange HV cable is located under the driver side rear door. Is this normal for the cable to be exposed? Thanks.

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  3. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    Yes, its perfectly normal. Mine is just like your picture.
    However, I notice you’re missing a plug in the the oblong oval hole just behind the angle iron of the lift point. There are 4 that the dealer was supposed to have installed. See this thread:
  4. megreyhair

    megreyhair Active Member

    OMG. I was looking for a high voltage plug. I am thinking I can connect the HV batt to a DC-AC inverter to power my house when electric goes out.
  5. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member

    OMG is right! The car has lethal voltage/current in the HV wiring (it's NOT 12V) and you could easily kill yourself messing with that. Further, the HV battery has no output while the car is off. Finally, there isn't enough juice in the HV battery to run an entire house for very long. Install a generator and transfer switch and the life you save may be your own.
  6. Richard Hwang

    Richard Hwang New Member

    Thanks for catching the missing plugs. I received the plugs from the dealers a few days ago and have yet to install them
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  8. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member Subscriber

    What you need is a Clarity Fuel Cell or a $52K Japanese Clarity Plug-In Hybrid (which includes a Level 3 DC fast-charging port) and Honda's $10K Power Exporter 9000. Then you can power your house from your Clarity.

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  9. GTO 409

    GTO 409 Member

    That photo looks dismal! As if the car assembly hadn't been finished. So, what happens if some kid sticks his fingers in there?

    Why the opening? The paint, rustproofing or whatever it is looks uneven and unfinished, too!

    My old Honda Accord is looking better and better!
  10. sniwallof

    sniwallof Active Member

    Many EVs (possibly all with regulations) have extra terminals in the orange HV connector which break a detection or safety loop when an HV connector is opened. In some cars, an open HV safety circuit disables the HV system, resettable by a dealer.

    I certainly agree, however, that EV as backup power makes sense only if one can tap the HV battery at the high voltage. 12V inverter systems are common, but are relatively inefficient and need thick copper cables (because the current is so high at the low 12V battery voltage) to be useful (e.g. 2 kW) as much more than a novelty .
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2018

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