Honda Clarity Electric Now Arriving In Two States

2017 Honda Clarity Electric


2017 Honda Clarity Electric
It doesn’t have the same panache as the first Tesla Model 3 deliveries, but the 2017 Honda Clarity Electric is finally arriving at dealerships.

As we already knew, the car will be available on only two states, California and Oregon, and will be available for lease at $269 a month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing.

Unlike other EVs not named Ioniq, the all-electric version of the Clarity has two siblings with other powertrains. The Clarity Electric will join the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell model, which arrived in December 2016. A plug-in hybrid version will arrive throughout the U.S. later in 2017.

The Clarity Electric has a range of just 89 miles from a 25.5-kWh lithium battery. Motion is provided by a 120-kW (161-horsepower) electric motor. The EV gets 114 MPGe. That 89-mile range has been a point of some contention among EV fans, but Honda’s point is that it’s more than enough for most people’s daily use, and putting in a bigger battery would just add cost without any true benefit. If you want more range, then get the PHEV version, which will let you go 40 or so miles on electric power with the ability to drive coast to coast on gasoline. Plus, if you’re not in California or Oregon, you won’t have much of a choice, anyway.

Editor’s Note:  Although Honda is announcing the Clarity Electric as arriving today (August 1st – see press release below), in actual fact Honda already delivered the first 34 copies in California in late July – see our July sales scorecard for all the month’s plug-in sales data

Honda Clarity Electric Debuted In New York this past April (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Honda Press Release:

2017 Honda Clarity Electric Begins Arriving at California and Oregon Dealerships

Aug 1, 2017 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Honda’s all-new, spacious, five-passenger, zero-emissions electric vehicle now on-sale in California and Oregon
$269 per month lease includes 20,000-miles per year and 24/7 roadside assistance
California and Oregon customers may qualify for a $2,500 state rebate

TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda today announced the arrival of the 2017 Honda Clarity Electric sedan at select dealerships in California and Oregon. With a competitive introductory lease price of $269 (plus tax) a month for 36 months, the lease terms include an attractive allowance of 20,000 miles per year and 24/7 roadside assistance. The lease, which reflects a federal tax credit built in, requires $1,730 down plus the first month’s lease payment due at signing (not including tax, registration or official fees).1 In addition, if they apply, California and Oregon customers may qualify for their state’s rebates of $2,500 once they become available.2

Inside the Honda Clarity Electric (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

The Clarity Electric sedan is powered by a 161-horsepower (120-kilowatt) electric motor producing 221 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing power from a 25.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The vehicle can be fully charged in just over three hours at 240 volts and when using DC fast charging with the SAE Combined Charging System, it can achieve an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. The Clarity Electric has an EPA fuel economy rating of 126/103/114 MPGe (city/highway/combined)3 and an EPA range rating of 89 miles on a full charge.3

The Clarity Electric is part of Honda’s Clarity series, which includes the Clarity Fuel Cell, launched in December 2016, and the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, launching nationally later this year. Clarity is the first ever vehicle series offering customers an array of electrified powertrain choices in one sophisticated, spacious and comprehensively equipped five-passenger sedan. The Clarity series is part of the Honda Electrification Initiative that sees Honda expand the number and types of electrified vehicles in its product lineup. This initiative also includes a new dedicated hybrid car launching next year and the expanded application of Honda’s two-motor hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains to multiple car and light truck models in the future. This initiative contributes to Honda’s intention to have two-thirds of its global automobile sales come from electrified vehicles by 2030.

Inside The Honda Clarity Electric

Comfortable, Versatile and Smartly Equipped

The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric sedan is geared toward consumers who desire a spacious, comfortable and affordable sedan that suits their daily driving needs. It is offered in a premium Touring trim and is the only affordable 5-passenger EV sedan with all the technology features, safety features and premium features that consumers expect today.

Unique exterior design elements set the aerodynamic Clarity Electric apart from other Clarity models, including a model-exclusive Cobalt Blue Pearl exterior color, along with differentiated front styling, headlights, tail lamps, and unique 18-inch alloy wheel finish. Like other Clarity models, the Clarity Electric has a spacious interior with comfortable seating for five adults and outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials, 8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, and the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies.


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1 Includes down payment with no security deposit. Excludes taxes, registration, license and dealer fees. For well-qualified lessees. Subject to availability to California and Oregon residents on approved credit through Honda Financial Services. Closed end lease for 2017 Honda Clarity Electric for well-qualified lessees. Not all applicants will qualify. No purchase option at lease end. Total monthly payments $9,684. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear, and 20 cents per mile over 20,000 miles per year. Lease includes Roadside Assistance. Total due at lease signing is $1,999 plus tax and registration and includes first month’s payment and capitalized cost reduction of $1,730. Offer subject to change without notice.
2 The Oregon rebate program is anticipated to be operational in 2018, with a waitlist potentially established beforehand; please visit for more information. The California rebate program is anticipated to be funded for the 2017-2018 budget year; please visit for more information.
3 Based on 2017 model-year EPA ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery pack age/condition and other factors.

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54 Comments on "Honda Clarity Electric Now Arriving In Two States"

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I consider that car a “panic car”

As in:

“Oh s***! We wasted to much time on Fuel Cells and now BEV’s are everywhere and Tesla is eating our lunch!!”

That kind of panic?

Yeah really. Everyone is now preparing to launch 200+ mile cars, that is when Honda shows up with an 89 miler. 2011 called and wanted its range back!

Ten years ago the Clarity looked great, now it looks old and dumpy.

Honda says “89 miles is enough for your daily commute.”

OK, let’s see how fast it sells.’

Seriously… I am a big fan of Honda… had a Civic for 11 years before my Tesla. It is good to see them dipping their toes in the water. Will be better when we see them dropping FCV altogether and putting serious effort into bigger batteries.

And it will probably stay in the 2 states at the dealerships !

And yet the Leaf is still killing it. With a lease price that is cheaper than a Leaf in a lot of ways and with somewhat similar AER yet in a bigger car I don’t think they’ll all be just sitting on dealer lots forever.

I do expect the PHEV variant to sell better but am sure they’ll move some of the BEVs.

$1999 + $269/month is not a very good deal. You can get a Bolt for the same price, or a similarly ranged EV for more than $100 less per month.

I agree when they get serious about the leases they’ll be able to clear them off the lot, but they’re not going to move many at what they’re asking currently.

Or you can get a bike for less.

This is a bigger car. Bigger cars usually are more expensive.

Plenty of people seem fine with paying $280 or $330 for the smaller Ioniq. Granted 35 more miles but not everyone needs those 35 miles.

That 89-mile range has been a point of some contention among EV fans, but Honda’s point is that it’s more than enough for most people’s daily use, and putting in a bigger battery would just add cost without any true benefit.

One thing in the Clarity’s favor is that it apparently includes a CCS connector for free that reportedly does the whole 20 minutes to 80% deal. Probably still won’t make it into something you’re going to road trip America in, but the CCS plug certainly makes longer days in the region feasible. I think they’ll find a decent number of homes, especially at that price point.

ClarityEV is 30 minutes to 80%. But I’ll believe it when I see it.

Many cars promised 20 minutes to 80%, but only SparkEV delivered, and still the only EV to achieve that.

The silly i miev does that too. I just blast 36kW for 15 minutes and run away with over 70% to go another 40 miles to the next dcfc. Its surprisingly workable.

You need something that can do 2.2C charging. And bare the Ioniq and a few there is not much out there.

I read in some forums that iMiev tapers sooner than 80%, not sure if that’s true.

100% in 20 minutes need 3C, so 80% in 20 minutes need 2.4C. In addition, almost all CCS/Chademo top out at 50 kW, so the battery has to be less than 20.8 kWh for 16.7 kWh (50 kW / 3) to be 80%.

Seeing a new BEV in 2017 with 89 miles of range at the price point they are asking just makes me regret my former Honda car purchases from them all the more – a 2001 Honda Insight and 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid.

While those were both good cars at the time, how could I have been so foolish as to support a car company back then that is this pathetic with EV’s in 2017? Uggh! I thought they were a leader, and stand corrected!

I had a 2001 Honda Insight and it ultimately turned out to be a very problematic car. The battery crapped out in it at least four times. It had great efficiency but mostly because it was all aluminum and tiny. The tech was subpar compared to what Toyota had in the Prius.

I wouldn’t even think about buying a Honda BEV until I’m convinced they’ve actually worked out the tech, because their early IMA system sucked. I guess the newer Accord Hybrid used a better system? Even so, I remain skeptical, and based on their lackluster attitude about BEVs in general, I doubt I’ll be considering a Honda for quite some time to come.

…the car will be available on (in) two states…

It’s a reasonable lease for a reasonable get around town car. Its a good first effort from Honda, but they better get something with longer range in the next two years.

Honda should add the long range option for $20k. lol.

A crush car. You can’t buy it at lease end, this is specifically excluded.

Honda is living in 2003. Unbelievable.

I can’t believe Honda found 34 suckers to lease this piece of crap “it only exists because CARB forced us to make it” car.

I had the same thought. $269/mo is pretty much what it cost to lease a Bolt. Who would take Clarity over Bolt at same cost? It makes no sense.

Clarity is bigger car, size of Accord. If somebody needs it for city travel only, why pay $10k for oversized battery and trash environment when making it?

Plugin hybrid choice would be more practical for a car with road trip capability anyway.

Ha, ha. So someone needs a larger car for city travel. Given the sales of other EVs with such range, Honda will be just like the others and selling them at a huge loss just to make the CARB mandate.

Buying a car that will be crushed at the end of the no-buy-option lease is hardly good for the environment.

Honda is using the 2002/2003 playbook, but it doesn’t work anymore. Hasn’t for years. They should be embarrassed.

Some people will buy (lease) anything. Look at how many (or few depending on how you look at it) people took a Mirai…

Maybe they are company leases as I can’t see individuals taking this deal.

Aha! I think you got it. If it’s Honda related, like Tesla 3 “sold” to employees, that makes a lot of sense.

All of this criticism of the Honda Clarity having only 89 miles range is missing one aspect of brilliance of their strategy. That is they are offering the vehicle as a Fuel Cell Vehicle, a Plug-In Hybrid and a full EV. They are all on the same body platform and the motor drivetrain likely shares a huge amount of commonality for all three types. I think if they had designed the vehicle around a much larger battery than they are using then if would have been much more different to have one platform share all three types of drivetrains. So I think there is a certain amount of economic sense to this in that it keeps their investment low and lets them be in the game for all three types on one platform. I don’t think any other maker really has a three option platform like that right now.


You could say that Honda has a “brilliant” strategy to use a flexible platform for the Clarity, but the result are half-baked and short-sighted products: An overpriced BEV with a range from yesteryear and a non-practical fuel-cell car that is DOA (at least in the States). The hybrid might turn out to be a good car but may not sell in quantities b/c of its price compared to other offerings.

So what say you, Honda??

Honda is not here to please few angry out of touch with reality fanboys demanding pie in the sky for cheap.

They are doing their business according to their plans and it works fine for them and their balance sheet.

Honda, are you freaking kidding??!!!

“… will be available for lease at $269 a month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing.”

Right now, I’m leasing a 2017 Volt Premier for $220/month, 36 months, 15k miles, $2000 due at signing.

As a side note, I leased a 2014 Honda Fit EV for about 3.5 years. In the warmer months, the range was about 80-90 miles. In the winter, we called it “The Garage Queen,” cause the range dropped to about 40 miles… WITHOUT HEAT!

Needless to say, that is the primary reason I returned the car and leased a Volt (which is a FANTASTIC car!)


It’s one thing for Honda to say that 89 miles is sufficient for most drivers, which is totally true.

But then utilising a small, 25kWh battery should enable the car to be very cost competitive nowadays. But we don’t get that either.

I’m trying to think of the demographic they are targeting with this car.

Only one I can come up with is “former Fit EV lessees that refuse to drive anything other than a Honda that wanted a bigger, uglier Fit EV that they will never want to own”

I don’t really get why this is so complicated. The BEV is marketed to people who want a larger and more comfortable than normal EV as a town car who demand a reasonable price. It would work as a 2nd car I bet for a lot of people. It’s not meant to be a car to drive long distances in. As I age I dislike smaller somewhat uncomfortable cars more and more. This car actually checks a lot of boxes. Sure I wish it had more range but it’s more than enough range for most peoples daily commutes and Costco/soccer game runs on the weekend. I like my Volt but we don’t really take it on long trips because it’s not that comfortable. The people in the front get kicked from the kids in the back, etc. and the gas mileage frankly isn’t that great. The wagon Prius gets basically 50mpg meanwhile the Volt gets like 35-48. That’s just kind of sad and on longer trips it’s more cost effective to drive the Prius plus it’s a heck of a lot more comfortable. If I got this we’d still be in the same boat however we’d drive it more than… Read more »

“but do expect it to do reasonably well at this price point in CA and OR.”

Reasonable well?

You mean around 100 per month?

There is no point anymore in launching an ev with much less than 100 KWh of battery energy.

You just suggested that Model 3 is DOA because it has less than 100kWh?

Maybe he meant 100 miles worth of energy???

Much less, not a little bit less like the 75 KWh Model 3.
But indeed the base Model 3 with 50 KWh is also too low to be the only family car able to cope with all situations.

If the T3 sells as well as we hope/expect, I think it will be VERY interesting to see how quickly there’s a new Clarity with a much bigger battery and a range of 180 to 220 miles. If Honda hasn’t done the engineering in advance for that, then they’re dumber than a sack of rocks.

I doubt the Clarity can handle a much larger battery. It was designed to be a Fuel Cell vehicle, the EV version has just been grafted on.

Blame current Li Ion battery technology on it. Together with lame idea to use Li Ion batteries exclusively for long distance travel, haul 1000+ pounds unnecessary weight around, trash environment making it, and trash again emitting particulates from excessive tire wear.

Maybe some solid state technology (that is in works) will make Clarity Electric 200+ mile range without unreasonable changes, but we would need to wait few years at least.

Clarity EV is:
-lease only
-a 80 mile range EV
-at a 200 mile range price ( = a bad deal)

Used 80 mile range Leaf EVs are selling in the $5000 price range ( 1/7th the cost of the new 200 mile range EVs)

No, Honda’s Clarity EV is a bad joke on the consumer, a compliance car, that only EV-ignorant lessees would throw their money away on.

-If 80 mile range suits your daily-driving needs, why pay too much for this Honda?

-If the cost is within your budget, why are you settling for only 80 mile range, when for the same money, you can get a 200+ mile EV (GM Bolt, Tesla-3, + )?
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The Bolt is small and looks and feels cheap inside.

A Model 3 won’t be available for 9-15 months.

The Clarity may not have the range but it VERY comfortable (It’s an Acura TLX inside) and it’s available NOW.

Don’t forget the 20,000 miles lease.
If you’re a long commuter, it make sense.

Well they got the car on the market. That is more than Mazda can say. Let them (Honda) learn with this car. I’d say cut them some slack. They are at least in the game.

You figure they would have learned plenty with the Fit EV.

No thanks

The Clarity will live or die based on sales of the hybrid version. The EV and FCEV are just engineering curiosities.

“Go big or go home” is the name of the game with selling EVs. For a while any given manufacturer will be able to get by fine with compliance models. Until they can’t. At which point they better hope they can steal enough tech to be a factor in the coming autonomous EV world.

I got to test drive one of these last month and they are really nice inside and out. Kinda like an electric Accord. These are probably the nicest all-EV cars for under $40k. But, sadly, the range is borderline insulting. Sad because almost all the under $40k EVs are 4 door hatchbacks. Its nice to see any other form factor being sold.

I am on my second Leaf, and there are 12 other EVs in my family locally here in Oregon.

And, yeah there is the Model 3, but common on, its really more like $45k. And yeah the Mercedes B-Class EV (also a 4-door hatchback) is really nice, but now that’s gone too.

It’s kinda like “at least they are trying”.

Honda needs to add free charging (at least L3) like Nissan and BMW do. Does this vehicle have the same cold weather problem the Fit EV has??

I have had a FIT EV for the last four years that is a great little car.Never any issues. I now also have a Clarity EV which is far superior. Very happy with it. 60 miles one way to work is no problem. It is funny to read the posts from those who have no idea what they are talking about. A Honda/Acura is not a Chevy.costs a few more bucks. Big deal.
And it is built in Japan for quality.

Just signed up on Honda Clarity Electric lease last weekend. Will take delivery next week.

Yes, I’m aware of the shortcoming on their range 89miles vs other cars.

However, for $269 for 20,000 miles, there is no competition out there for long commuter car.

I drive 65 miles RT daily to my work.

I was considering Chevy BOLT LT, Hyundai Ioniq Unlimited Mileage Lease, and Golf 2016 Lease.

Honda number, come up the best for fully loaded car, 30min DC charging and Active Cruise Control for when you’re stuck in the traffic.

This should give me 3 years for Tesla Model3, to figure out their bug and maybe get their 2nd gen.