Charging the Honda Clarity

Everything drivers need to know about the Honda Clarity

In 2017, Honda introduced the Honda Clarity Electric BEV and the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV), expanding the Clarity line. The Honda Clarity Electric was originally available only in California and Oregon on a three-year lease. However, the Clarity PHEV was available in all 50 states and one of the few PHEV’s that qualified for the full $7,500 federal EV tax credit when originally released due to its industry-leading 47-mile all-electric range.

Production of the Clarity EV continued until 2019 while the Clarity PHEV soldiered on through 2021.

Charging the Honda Clarity

The Honda Clarity Electric has a 25.5 kWh battery with an approximate range of 89 miles (143 km). The Clarity Electric Plug-In Hybrid has a 17 kWh battery providing an all-electric range of 47 miles (76 km), at which point the hybrid drivetrain begins to work in tandem with the gas generator for a total hybrid range of 340 miles (550 km).


For the US market, the Clarity Electric and Plug-In Hybrid are equipped with SAE J1772-2009 (Type 1) receptacle for 120-240 V Level 1 and 2 AC charging. Charging rates for the Honda Clarity are listed in the chart below.

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Honda Clarity charging times & range

Model year
Charge rate
Battery size
Charge time on Level 1
Charge time with JuiceBox® 32
All electric range
2017-2019 Honda Clarity Electric
7.2 kW
25.5 kWh
20 hours
3.5 hours
89 miles
2017-2021 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
7.2 kW
17 kWh
14 hours
2.25 hours
47 miles

DC fast charging: CCS Combo

The Honda Clarity Electric has a DC fast charge option, and charges at a rate of up to 55 kW. The Clarity Electric uses the SAE Combined Charging Connector (CCS) for Level 3 DC fast charge. The DC Fast Charging enables your Honda Clarity Electric to charge to about 80% capacity in 30 minutes, adding around 70 miles. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid model doesn't come with a DC fast charging option.


The Clarity PHEV that was released in Japan in 2018 used a CHAdeMO DC fast charging connector, similarly providing an 80% battery charge in roughly 30 minutes.

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