Honda launches PHEV Clarity in Japan

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The Honda Clarity has been released as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in dealerships across Japan. The Clarity nameplate, which has previously used for the Honda fuel-cell version of the vehicle, was expanded to include a battery electric variant and a plug-in hybrid version – the latter of which was made available in the USA at the end of 2017.

The vehicle uses a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson cycle in-line four-cylinder ICE coupled to a starter/generator motor, a 184ps AC synchronous traction motor, and a 17kWh 168-cell lithium-ion battery pack. This results in the PHEV model having a total system output of 315Nm of torque and an EV driving range of 114.6km.

The vehicle’s Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) – which includes the high-power battery pack – is designed to sit under the vehicle floor, while the harness and 12V DC/DC converter are located in the Clarity’s central tunnel.

The plug-in Clarity also features fast-charging capabilities, which can provide 80% charge in approximately 30 minutes.

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he began editing Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International in 2016, and took over as editor of Tire Technology International in 2018.

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