One Year Report: Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid - Taylor, Texas

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid – Taylor, Texas

The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is not nearly as slick as this other car I saw in Taylor, but it does have its own high-performance feature. High performance of a different sort.

I can’t believe it’s already a year since I bought this car. Officially on May 31, 2018, though I blogged about it a couple of weeks later. I like it a lot. Probably the most comfortable car that I’ve ever owned. And, for the most part, trouble free — so far. I do have a slight vibration that needs to be looked at in the interior A-pillar trim. There was also a software patch applied to fix an erroneously reported 1,000 miles per gallon. The car has great fuel economy, but not that good.

Speaking about fuel economy, I haven’t added any gasoline since last September! I drove a total of 7,565 miles in one year and did two trips to the gas station. Here are the details from my handwritten log:

Date Odometer Gallons Price/Gallon Total
Aug 21, 2018 1,777 5.695 $2.459 $14.00
Sep 27, 2018 2,817 4.200 $2.489 $10.45

I actually used nearly three tanks of gasoline, since I got a tank free when I bought the car. I made three trips to San Antonio during the year, which accounts for most of the gasoline usage. Basically, the 40 to 50 miles per electric charge is enough to commute to work and run local errands.

I’m estimating that 90% of my electric charging was done at work, which I get for free. And, they use 100% green energy from Texas wind turbines. Which means I probably paid for about $24 of electricity plus the $24.45 of gasoline.

Not bad. I traveled 7,500 plus miles for less than $50. Compared to an equivalent size conventional gasoline car, I’m probably saving about $60 per month or $720 per year. You know me. I’ll plow those savings directly into buying more camera gear, of course.

Not only am I driving eco-consciously, but there is also a financial benefit. Even if I paid for all the electricity, I’m estimating about a $480 savings per year. Electricity is less expensive than gasoline in Texas.

The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid may not be as cool as a pure electric vehicle, but for my purposes, it works well. I also have no range anxiety since I can also fall back to gasoline for longer trips. I’ve nicknamed the vehicle the “High-tech old man’s car”. Large and smooth, it’s more of a highway cruiser than a sporty vehicle. It’s the smoothest and fanciest Honda I’ve ever owned.

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4 thoughts on “One Year Report: Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

  1. Hey, you’ve sold me. Unfortunately, I may be a victim of “last car syndrome” thanks to my advancing age. My 15-year-old Honda CRV just keeps on running.

    1. There’s nothing like an old reliable vehicle, fully paid for. We also have a 13-year-old CR-V just perfect for my younger son, who is just starting to drive. I also use it to drive downtown, instead of my new car.

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