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03 August 2017

Honda Clarity EV Hits Dealerships in California and Oregon

Clarity Series now available in three flavors

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The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric arrived at dealerships this week as part of the automaker’s latest push toward electrification. The Clarity Electric is just one model in the Clarity family, which also includes the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid (set to launch later this year) and hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell. For now, Honda has limited the sale of the Clarity Electric to California and Oregon; the fuel cell is limited further to select dealerships in Southern California. The plug-in hybrid model will be on sale nationwide.

The Clarity Electric is only available as a lease costing $269/month with $1,730 down, excluding taxes, registration, and fees. The 36-month lease grants a lessee 20,000 miles per year and complimentary 24/7 roadside assistance. The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric comes with a 25.5-kilowatt-hour battery and a 161-hp motor allowing it 89 miles of range, significantly less than most of its competitors. A Chevy Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3 will do well over 200 miles, the latter over 300 miles when equipped with the long-range battery.

In Honda’s defense, the Clarity Electric is a full-size five-passenger sedan with features such as leather seats, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies. The electric motor’s 221 lb-ft of torque, accessible at 0 rpm, could provide a few driving thrills. (We’ll let you know as soon as we drive one.) According to Honda, the Clarity Electric’s battery can be charged to 80 percent of its capacity in only 30 minutes when using DC fast charging via the SAE Combined Charging System.

The Clarity Electric has not broken new ground or shattered any records in the electric car segment, but it paves the way for Honda to achieve its ambitious goal of selling 75,000 Clarity series vehicles within the next four years.

Source: Honda

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