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New Clarity Owner - Question about EV range

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Hey Everyone

I鈥檝e just purchased a 2019 clarity with 27k (km as I鈥檓 from BC, 馃嚚馃嚘 (just under 17 thousand miles)).
First off - I love it - $33 cad for 1400 km!! It鈥檚 unreal! And the drive is typical Honda being very smooth!
I do have a worry though. The stated range is 76km, and I know battery degradation occurs over the years so I expected a little less than the 76km. However it鈥檚 showing 52km to 46 km in range when fully charged. We have had temps go from about 3 degrees Celsius to about -4 overnight. Would the cold temps generally lead to this much reduction in range? Is this something I should ask the dealer about?

Thanks all!

Gareth
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Hey Everyone

I鈥檝e just purchased a 2019 clarity with 27k (km as I鈥檓 from BC, 馃嚚馃嚘 (just under 17 thousand miles)).
First off - I love it - $33 cad for 1400 km!! It鈥檚 unreal! And the drive is typical Honda being very smooth!
I do have a worry though. The stated range is 76km, and I know battery degradation occurs over the years so I expected a little less than the 76km. However it鈥檚 showing 52km to 46 km in range when fully charged. We have had temps go from about 3 degrees Celsius to about -4 overnight. Would the cold temps generally lead to this much reduction in range? Is this something I should ask the dealer about?

Thanks all!

Gareth
46-52 seems a bit on the low side. That would be 29-33 miles. I have a 2020 with only 7000 miles on it and I鈥檓 getting around 55 miles (88 km) with the colder weather now. Although I drive like a grandpa! 馃槃

However, if I drove more normally and used heat a lot I鈥檓 pretty sure I鈥檇 be down in the mid to high 30s (miles).
Cold weather definitely effects the ability of Lithium batteries to hold and efficiently get energy into and out of them. IMO, a 30% reduction in EV range after a significant cold soak is not unusual, especially if the vehicle heater is used much while driving. You can minimize this by preconditioning the cabin while on shore power (just before leaving), and using the seat heaters (if so equipped) as much as possible instead of the HVAC while on the road.
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46-52 seems a bit on the low side. That would be 29-33 miles. I have a 2020 with only 7000 miles on it and I鈥檓 getting around 55 miles (88 km) with the colder weather now. Although I drive like a grandpa! 馃槃

However, if I drove more normally and used heat a lot I鈥檓 pretty sure I鈥檇 be down in the mid to high 30s (miles).
I鈥檝e tried driving as conservatively as I can and it still is fairly accurate on the distance compared with actual distance driven. Although it is heating the car!
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Cold weather definitely effects the ability of Lithium batteries to hold and efficiently get energy into and out of them. IMO, a 30% reduction in EV range after a significant cold soak is not unusual, especially if the vehicle heater is used much while driving. You can minimize this by preconditioning the cabin while on shore power (just before leaving), and using the seat heaters (if so equipped) as much as possible instead of the HVAC while on the road.
Good to know! I鈥檒l give that a try and see if I can get that range up a bit! My drive to work is 26km each way, so I鈥檓 aiming for the trip to be on EV alone!
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At about 20 degrees F I was getting close to what you posted, around 30 miles on a charge
At about 20 degrees F I was getting close to what you posted, around 30 miles on a charge
K - this makes sense then! Hopefully the weather picks up! My driving habits have changed so much since getting this car!! It鈥檚 almost become a game to get the best mileage I can!
K - this makes sense then! Hopefully the weather picks up! My driving habits have changed so much since getting this car!! It鈥檚 almost become a game to get the best mileage I can!
I have a 2021 Clarity Touring with just over 8000 miles/12,900 km. I live in Vermont, so cold weather is the norm from November to March. I play the mileage stretch game, too. But I do not experience that great a drop with outdoor temp drop. My car is in a covered shelter with no doors, kind of like a wind tunnel, but roughly the same temp as outside.

Unlike your Clarity, my battery bank is only 18 months old, so that may account for the difference I see. My range has not gone below 47.2 mi. / 76 km. when we dipped into the teens F. In addition to a newer battery pack, I try to charge the car in cold weather when the daytime temps are warmer. [I have solar, so there's lless guiilt when I charge during peak hours.] I also pre-condition the car before driving on cold days, run the seat heater, and go easy on the climate system. However, if I need to go 100 miles north on the interstate, I use climate and the ICE engine in hybrid mode. I've had 2 such trips recently. And as you also do, I use very little fuel. [25.558 gal. / 96.75 liters in 8009 miles. I just filled the tank.

In another 3 years, I suspect my numbers may look more like yours are now.
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Hello. It must be a bit colder up there than in Vermont this week -- MUCH colder the next couple days. This will be a test for what my battery will charge to when I get home on Friday. It's not going above zero F here / -18 C.
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