If your trip is less than 47 miles you don't have to do anything just get in and drive. But if longer than the EV range and specially if going on the freeway, use HV mode until your driving situation goes back to city driving then use EV mode again. A good rule of thumb to follow is EV mode for city driving and HV mode for freeway driving. Or you can also just let the computer sort it out for you by not pressing any button and drive in EV mode, it will not harm the car.This may sound like a stupid question
We just bought our clarity
For electric only what do we do.
And how can we charge while driving.
I'm not sure I can get a full recharge in 10 hours on 120v. I'm thinking more like 12 but I haven't timed it exactly, We've only had it 6 weeks. Most of our "road trips' are about an hour of highway driving. I haven't tried HV, but in HV charge it was showing 28mpg and I wouls expect to get the max charge from it in about an hour. I'll try to leave it alone next time and drive in normal mode. But I love the quiet, smooth power in electric mode so I find myself trying to save the charge. I also find myself thing I should drive the thing for awhile to establish a baseline before I start messing with the buttons, except for sport mode. I only tried it for a moment once, and I can't wait to try for more than a milk run.:grin:
If you hold the HV button down (HV charge) and your charge level is below 60%, it will also work to bring the charge up to about 60% but will not fully charge it. You have to plug it in for that.
I can't figure out when to use HV Charge. Have you seen any gains in efficiency by using HV Charge to sacrifice gas mileage in order to drive around on EV at a later time? I haven't done enough testing, but so far it seems like losing MPG to gain a little electric later in my drive is a net loss. I would love to be wrong about this, though!