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Published on July 19th, 2018 | by Subhash Nair


Honda Starts Selling the Clarity PHEV in Japan

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will begin sales of the Clarity PHEV, a new plug-in hybrid model added to the Clarity series, on July 20, 2018 at dealerships across Japan.

Honda has been pursuing the development of electrified vehicles with the intention to electrify two-thirds of its global automobile sales by around 2030. The Clarity PHEV is a plug-in hybrid model that combines excellent environmental performance and the appealing features of a high-class sedan model such as powerful EV driving performance, high-quality cabin space that comfortably accommodates five adult occupants and a high-capacity cargo space.

On the basis of Sport Hybrid i-MMD, Honda’s innovative 2-motor hybrid system, the performance of electrification components was further improved, including an increase in battery capacity and converter output. As a result, the Clarity PHEV realized EV driving (driving by battery charge) range of 114.6 km.

Moreover, the significant increase in driving force used for EV driving resulted in a significant increase in the range where EV driving is sustained, including from start-up to high-speed range.

The Clarity PHEV operates in three different driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive –  depending on the battery charge status and driving situation, and is able to shift seamlessly from one mode to another to realize highly efficient driving.

In addition to a charge port for normal charging, the Clarity PHEV features a charge port for fast charging and external power output, both as standard equipment. By connecting to a compatible external output device, the Clarity PHEV can supply electricity to external devices.

In conjunction with the start of the Clarity PHEV sales, Honda has been installing fast chargers to Honda Cars dealership locations across Japan. In addition, Honda is offering the Honda Charging Service, Honda’s original charging card service, which enables service users to use approximately 20,800 chargers on the network of Nippon Charge Service LLC (NCS).

Including these initiatives to increase the number of chargers available for our customers, Honda will continue working toward full-fledged popularization of electrified vehicles.

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