Prospective Owner with MPGe Query
We have the right of first approval on a '19 Clarity arriving in Boulder before the holidays. Many thanks on all the great information posted on the forum!
My wife commutes each day and determines which of two options to take based on travel time. We'd love to understand how the battery range might be impacted by traffic patterns and speed. Option 1 dissects Denver (via highway system) and is 37 miles. Due to rush hour, stop-and-go traffic, etc. the travel time is 65-70 minutes. Option 2 uses a beltway/tollway with speeds exceeding 75 mph and a distance of 58 miles. The travel time for option 2 is less than 60 minutes.
Taking the impact of cold weather on the batteries out of the equation, we'd appreciate any insight on what we should expect from the Clarity with these varying distances, driving patterns and speed.
Also a shout out to all of you that posted the deals being offered in your areas. In Colorado we have to order the car from the dealership and as a result we are being offered $599 off of MSRP. We are heading to the East Bay of CA for the holidays and via Truecar we are seeing discounts of $2600 off MSRP for Touring models. We confirmed with the Colorado department of revenue that we can purchase the car outside Colorado and still receive the tax credit when we title and register the Clarity ($5K in '19 and $4K in '20).
We also drove the Niro and PP. We liked the Niro due to the hatchback and the ability to throw a bike in the back of the car w/o dealing with a rack. The Niro transmission struggled below 25 mph and the 28 mile range desperately needs an update (not received in the newly announced 2020 model).