Yep, pull the trigger.Scheduled to pick up my a 2018 Clarity Touring tomorrow.
I'm doing the right thing, right?
Going from a 320 HP BMW X1 that needs premium fuel and gets 22 mpg to this. Less exciting, much better stewardship?
I actually looked at Vic Bailey, but think I'm going with Dick Brooks in Greer...they just had a slightly better deal.blastfurnace
As far as I am concerned the Clarity is a fine vehicle. One year and 10k miles later...no regrets at all.
Since you are getting a 2018...I would insist on having the dealer service folks conduct the battery capacity test which will show hybrid battery health. 55 amps is top of the range. One or two points drop may be ok but if it is in the 40's that is a red flag. I would want to know that number before signing as it can be obtained rather easily.
There's always lemons in every production run of every make and every model. Luck of the draw really.
Which dealer in SC did you purchase from? I bought from Vic Bailey Honda in GSP.
A bit overzealous maybe? They haven't even bought the car yet.PS, Charge your clarity up at Level 2 speeds (~5 1/2 hrs) using your OE 120v EVSE.
That's your opinion, not mine.A bit overzealous maybe? They haven't even bought the car yet.
It would be like telling someone who is about to buy their first smartphone to be sure and root their phone and overclock it.
Although that's not really the best analogy because unlike overclocking, in the case of level 2 charging there are manufacturer approved methods of doing it. I'm not arguing against your hack, I just think it's unusual unsolicited advice to be offering someone who is just asking for help in making their first PHEV purchase.
I drove my Volt for almost two years and nearly 39K miles using 120v 12 amp charging. In that time I only had one instance where I ran out of battery due to an insufficient partial charge that a L2 charger would have resolved. While having the L2 charging is nice, for most people most of the time L1 overnight charging is sufficient. I didn't put in the L2 charging until I had two PHEVs - I was using an existing 120V 20 amp circuit for the charging. When I bought this house I put in a pair of 120V 20amp 10 gauge circuits to drive Christmas lights - one was just converted to 240V.That's your opinion, not mine.
Once blastfurance experiences the glacier slow charge up time using his OE EVSE unit, he might want to switch to a Level 2 EVSE provided he has a 240 volt outlet near his Clarity.
I am letting him know he can accomplish fast charging for very little money.
Kind of stretching things there, I didn't say anything to indicate that I am against sharing new ideas and opinions.Forums are all about sharing new ideas & opinions.
If we as a community didn't share new ideas & opinions, this forum & every other forum would be a dry well.