Honda PHEV New Plug-in Hybrid Model in Japan. TOKYO, Japan, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will begin sales of the Clarity PHEV, a new plug-in hybrid model added to the Clarity series. 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 1 of 114.6 km 2. 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 3 and external power output, both as standard equipment. So, 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.
Key features of the Clarity PHEV
The combination of a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline 4-cylinder engine and 2-motor hybrid system was adopted for the first time for any Honda vehicle. Also, this combination helped the Clarity PHEV to realize both powerful driving with motor output with maximum output of 135kw [184PS] and maximum torque of 315N m [31.2kgf m] and the EV driving (driving by battery charge) range of 114.6 km. Moreover, improvement of thermal efficiency and reduction of emissions pursued for the 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline 4-cylinder engine, and the maximum thermal efficiency of 40.5% achieved, which is at the world’s top level.
The Intelligent Power Unit (IPU), which combines a high-capacity/high-power battery 17.0 kWh battery, were made thin and placed underneath the floor, and the harness and 12V DC-DC converter are placed in the center tunnel, which enabled a spacious cabin and a sedan form with a low vehicle height. Moreover, adopting a water-cooling method for the battery. Efficient cooling with a compact layout made it possible to downsize the battery and increase the battery durability.
Three driving modes realize high-efficiency driving primarily with EV driving
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.
Equipped with the fast charging function, which makes it easier to charge on the go
Charging stand locator function on InterNavi
So, Honda InterNavi, standard equipment of the Clarity PHEV, enables the users to quickly search the location of charging stands on the NCS network. In addition to route guidance to the charging stand. The InterNavi provides other information such as availability of a particular charger.
- Functions included in Honda SENSING for the Clarity PHEV.
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).
- Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System.
- False Start Prevention.
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System.
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
- Traffic Sign Recognition.
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS).
- Lead Car Departure Notification System.
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow.