The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s powertrain is designed to help provide excellent efficiency while also making for a highly satisfying driving experience.
The various components of the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s advanced powertrain system work seamlessly together.
The 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine creates responsive power with great efficiency.
The powerful electric drive motor is rated at 181 peak horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.
The lithium-ion battery pack has a 17.0 kWh capacity, helping the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid to receive an EPA-rated electric-only driving range rating of 47 miles.
The generator doubles as a motor to start the gasoline engine when required.
The system can operate in three drive modes:
In EV drive mode, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is propelled solely by its electric motor and the lithium-ion battery pack.
When the battery state of charge runs low, the system will automatically engage hybrid drive mode; the engine starts up and spins the generator, which in turn supplies the drive motor with electricity.
Engine drive mode occurs when the gasoline engine is mechanically linked to the drive wheels by a clutch at highway speeds.
The battery pack can be recharged in three ways:
Regenerative braking converts the car’s kinetic energy into electricity via the generator.
The engine turns the generator to create recharging power.