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I have had my Clarity for 5 months and still have half of the tank from the dealer. So so every day use it meets my needs entirely. I will be doing the first long trip(Canada to Florida next week and look forward to seeing what the car can do in HV mode for such a long trip(2800kms)I will probably stop a bit more often for fuel as the tank is quite small. I hope to do 450kms in between fuel stops. My previous car(Mercedes cla) would do about 525kms before I would consider refueling. keep you up to date.
 

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Your trip from Canada to FL

That trip will be a really good documentary. Please stay in touch. One of the really nice features is soon as you cross the border into the US, you can change from kms to mph :smile:.
I have had my Clarity for 5 months and still have half of the tank from the dealer. So so every day use it meets my needs entirely. I will be doing the first long trip(Canada to Florida next week and look forward to seeing what the car can do in HV mode for such a long trip(2800kms)I will probably stop a bit more often for fuel as the tank is quite small. I hope to do 450kms in between fuel stops. My previous car(Mercedes cla) would do about 525kms before I would consider refueling. keep you up to date.
 

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Well, I traveled 1440 miles from Canada to Florida. It was the first long trip in the Clarity. It rode like a charm and got me safely to Florida. I was curious about gas mileage as the whole trip was in HV mode.When I left it was 32 degrees. and from there the temperature rose gradually to the 70's . Rode through a mountainous region and on fairly flat roads. My average was 37mpg driving 73 to74mph. Not extraordinary but very acceptable. A larger gas tank would have been nice but the stops were welcome.
 

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I don't know how one gets 55mpg on the highway. I just did a test. Totally flat and straight highway, no wind,80degrees 120miles, cruise control, HV mode, 74 mph and I got 38.56 mpg
 

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Around here highway speeds are 55 (freeway is 65) and on a hilly highway trip with HV Charge on and no battery I got 58 mpg over about a 70 mile drive. Driving slower saves gas :)
 

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I agree with another poster re: going slower. I've found that at speeds above 65mph, the mileage drops precipitously. On a flat road with temps in the 60's or better I can get into the mid 50's with cruise and no traffic in front of me altering the speed. At 70+ and/or cooler temps the mileage goes down below 40mpg. Another thing to check, is your tires when they are cold. Hwy driving will warm them and increase the pressures which will increase the MPG's.

Interesting battery drain; the other night when leaving church on a cold rainy night, I used the rear window defroster for the 1st time to clear the fogginess. I noticed at a stop light there was a low orange glow on the power meter needle at the lower 'resting' place. When the light changed and I gave it power, the glow started to follow the meter needle up then diminished and didn't come back on. Has anyone else seen this? My guess was that with the heater, wipers, headlights and rear defroster on together, the load might have been more than the system liked while stopped and the 'ICE' wasn't running.
I don't know how one gets 55mpg on the highway. I just did a test. Totally flat and straight highway, no wind,80degrees 120miles, cruise control, HV mode, 74 mph and I got 38.56 mpg
 

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I noticed at a stop light there was a low orange glow on the power meter needle at the lower 'resting' place. When the light changed and I gave it power, the glow started to follow the meter needle up then diminished and didn't come back on. Has anyone else seen this? My guess was that with the heater, wipers, headlights and rear defroster on together, the load might have been more than the system liked while stopped and the 'ICE' wasn't running.

Did you have Econ on? I haven't noticed this specifically but with Econ on most climate features are reduced or shut off. I think the manual called it "reduced effectiveness" in order to increase economy.
 
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