PowerCharge Gauge indicators

Discussion in 'Honda' started by DVoran, Apr 25, 2018.

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What does each line on the Clarity Power/Charge Gauge indicate?

  1. KwH?

  2. Percentage?

  3. Other?

  1. DVoran

    DVoran Member

    Does anyone know how to interpret the individual Power/Charge lines? There are 8 in gauge.
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  3. JimW

    JimW Active Member

    This is a "power" meter, so shows Kw/horsepower. I am pretty sure it is an absolute measurement, not relative or percentage. Keep the accelerator pedal at constant position and change from econ/normal/sport and you can see the power reading change (because the mapping is different in each mode). I expect the 8 lines are decorative, not intended to align with a specific Kw value.
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  4. DVoran

    DVoran Member

    Thanks. Would be nice if it reflected the power being used in real time, not unlike other cars gauges will switch between units. On that same subject about the only disappointment I have with the Honda Clarity, compared to the models I chose not to buy, is the relative paucity of the information system displays. No way to monitor tire pressure, for example. Am hoping Honda releases a software upgrade to include more information about the car in future versions.
  5. Viking79

    Viking79 Well-Known Member

    They must represent about 15 kw/20 hp per tick mark (very roughly), just guessing as they force the engine on when power demand exceeds around 120 hp I believe (read it somewhere, but no firm source on that, just a Honda Engineer said such second or third hand).
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  6. ab13

    ab13 Active Member

    I have not seen Honda or Toyota show tire pressure. They seem to use a difference guage or high low measurement not direct pressure value. So there is no number to show.
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  8. Vezz66

    Vezz66 Member

    I think I read it’s around 160hp
  9. Tailwind

    Tailwind Active Member

    My wife’s 2010 Acura TSX would show actual tire pressure. Not sure about her 2017 ILX since the issue hasn’t come up. So Honda has the technology, they just appear to have chosen to not include it in the Clarity PHEV.
  10. Steven B

    Steven B Active Member

    +1 for actual pressure reporting.
  11. ab13

    ab13 Active Member

    Most of the newer Hondas appear to use indirect TPMS, which uses the ABS system, so those don't have pressure sensors. A direct TPMS system would have a sensor for each tire.
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  13. Viking79

    Viking79 Well-Known Member

    Really? I thought they gave up on those terrible systems last decade? I had a friend with a mid 2000s Corolla with similar and it failed to detect her flat tire until it went totally flat on the highway (she detected it was flat before the car did).

    It would explain why the light on ours didn't go away even after all the tires were filled to pressure. The dealer reset it for the oil change and it hasn't come back on since.
  14. There is no sensor in the tire, it does use the abs sensor.
  15. DVoran

    DVoran Member

    Really disappointed in that as if all the tires would lose pressure they could all be well below safety level and the tire pressure monitor wouldn't indicate a problem. While I'm satisfied with my Honda Clarity, I keep discovering cost-saving shortcuts every month. Most of them are small and don't impact the overall experience but they are little aggravations. In this digital age I am expecting more without having to pay a $10-$20K premium.
  16. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    The gauge is just a relative indication of how much electricity per unit time (the definition of power) is flowing from the batteries to the motor.
    Or in lay terms, how fast you are draining the battery. The higher the indicator, the higher the flow and the faster the battery will be drained of it’s usable capacity. It’s useful to help drivers moderate their pedal pressure and acceleration rates and thus achieve better economy. Along with the blue and white curves lines it can help you keep from turning on the ICE.

    Moderate accelerarion, steady speeds and anticipating stops instead of jackrabbit starts and heavy braking/regen will yield higher mpg and range, and get you there almost as fast.

    “Stay low, reduce the flow”
    “Stay in the blue, no ice for you”
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  17. Ben Washburn

    Ben Washburn Member

    I saw for some electric Honda, can't remember which one, a way to turn that tach curve off and the resultant display in the glimpse I got of it seemed much nicer. Anybody know of a way to do that in the Clarity? I've tried hunt and peck through the likely menus and haven't stumbled on anything like that yet.
  18. Yukon903

    Yukon903 New Member

    The TPMS is definitely indirect where the rotation are being measured. It is unclear if that means relative to other tires or to a range based upon vehicle velocity.

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