Honda began sales of the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, a new model joining the Clarity Electric and Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle. These models all use the same body and platform, but have different advanced drivetrains.
As a plug-in hybrid, the Clarity uses a 1.5-liter engine, electric motor and 17 kilowatt-hour battery pack to drive the front wheels. Owners can charge the battery then drive the Clarity as an electric vehicle, and when the battery runs down, it will switch to hybrid mode automatically.
Plug-in hybrid mileage varies considerably depending on how often you charge their batteries. Operating just as a hybrid vehicle, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid gets 42 mpg. For a 100-mile trip that began with a fully charged battery, the Clarity showed 83 mpg.