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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-02-2019, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Potential owner-100 miles a day?

Hi. I have been looking at the Honda Clarity vs. a new Honda Accord Hybrid trying to determine if I am a good candidate for a PHEV. I drive in Florida (flat/hot) about 100 total miles a day for my commute with a large portion of that on highway (70-75 mph). Mentally it seems the Clarity could complete my commute on 1 gallon of gas a day (no charging access at my work yet) but I am unclear on if that is the case in reality and/or if I would burn too much getting on and off ramps. Thoughts?
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We traded in a 2013 Insight for our Clarity in October. I have an 80-90 mile round trip (depending on the day) that starts and ends in town, has about 25 miles of freeway at 65 and many hills. If I don't charge at work then I use about 1 gallon of gas per day in my round trip between driving carefully and using HV for the freeway portion each way. When the chargers at work are open and if I don't use the heater I have 10-15 miles of range left when I get to work and another 10-15 miles left when I get home.



Sport mode is your friend. I was scared of it for a while but the increased regeneration really helps stretch a trip, especially at onramps and offramps. The pedal is more sensitive but overall I get much better EV range driving with Sport mode than with Econ.


Be sure to test drive it, though, and make sure the dealer charges the battery so you can get the full experience. I have found that the Clarity is the perfect car for my commute; I love only getting gas on road trips, and I love having a gasoline backup in case I can't charge while at work. I have coworkers with older EVs who are up a creek if they can't charge before their commute home. Of course, your mileage may vary.
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Probably but depends on your cruising speed. Over 70mph really sucks the range from it. Up to 70 in warm climates you should get close to the mid 40mpg range. Faster than that and it will go down fast. I'm retired and most of my daily driving is under 40 miles total so it's nothing but GREAT for me . I drive down the HWY a few miles about once a month just to burn a little gas so I can top it off with fresh.
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Hi. I have been looking at the Honda Clarity vs. a new Honda Accord Hybrid trying to determine if I am a good candidate for a PHEV. I drive in Florida (flat/hot) about 100 total miles a day for my commute with a large portion of that on highway (70-75 mph). Mentally it seems the Clarity could complete my commute on 1 gallon of gas a day (no charging access at my work yet) but I am unclear on if that is the case in reality and/or if I would burn too much getting on and off ramps. Thoughts?

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