Welcome, and your questions are valid especially considering your primary use of the car. Prior to my Clarity, I've owned two Lexus Hybrids. The 1st was my RX 450h and a Lexus CT Fsport. I also have the 1st year production of the Segway i2 which is the 2nd generation I bought new in 2005 so a little experience in powerful batteries. I did research as to the best ways to use and care for them to obtain long life cycles
. In the Lexus Hybrid's, the battery technology was nickel cadium vs the type our cars and my Segway have. The biggest difference in the two is the nickel cadium batteries are designed to be quick charging with powerful surges and quick depletion making them great for the general 'Hybrid' use. Our type is designed to deplete slower while still giving maximum power but takes longer to recharge. Battery technology has come a long way especially in just this century. Some of the NY Taxies are Lexus and Toyota hybrids with over 200,000 miles and still using the original batteries.
All that being said, consider 'X' as a finite number of 'complete' recharge cycles (from fully charged down to safe discharged level). Research has taught me that it will extend the amount of time (years and/or miles) your battery is useful if you can prevent 'full discharges' by keeping a charging cycle going while using at the same time (as hybrid setups do) rather than systematically draining to near empty before re-charging back to full. If I were in your situation, I'd just try to stay in HV (Hybrid Vehicle) mode as much as possible and still get between 40 and 50 MPG. If you do that, you likely will not get to test Honda's great battery warranty and have it for quite awhile. Tesla's have been getting great reviews but you drive tethered in an accessible charging station infrastructure.
Thought for the day; did you know the Clarity Touring's NAV system will show the Level II charging stations on your route?
FWI; my Segway's batteries are still original and giving me nearly the same range as when they were new. When I'm not riding it, it's in the house plugged in 24/7. I can still get nearly 20 miles off a charge. I don't know anyone else that cares for their Segway batteries that way, and I don't know anyone else that has that kind of life cycle on them.
PHEV vehicles are still sort of a novelty but more manufacturers every year are showcasing new models in growing numbers. Honda has committed to 70% of their car production being PHEV by 2030. For planning purposes that's a pretty serious commitment. For 2019, they added a new model already, the Insight.
Hello! I hope to be a 2018 Clarity PHEV owner soon because I will have a new 110 mile round trip commute in a month. Based on this I expect to hit 35,000 miles per year (mostly highway) and expect to deplete the battery pack every single work day.
What kind of battery health/life impact will this have? I know there is a 100k mile battery & hybrid warranty period but I expect to hit that in just under three years. Also, what do you all think about it making it to 200k miles and beyond on the original battery with this usage?