This year marks the end of the fully electric version of Honda’s Clarity lineup. Honda offers a lot of fully electric vehicles all across the globe, but the Clarity BEV is the only fully electric car Honda sold in the United States. Honda has fitted the Clarity BEV with a cut above the interior and very low lease rates to get the car in the hands of as many people as possible, but as it seems all their efforts just were not enough, this is mainly because, Americans don’t much appreciate it’s a measly 89-mile range, which is very low considering that its rivals are reaching an average range of 250 miles. We have first seen the Honda Clarity as a fuel cell electric vehicle which runs on hydrogen, then followed by plug-in hybrid and fully electric versions.
Honda’s Proud Introduction of The Clarity BEV
Honda introduced the fully electric version of the Clarity during the 2017 New York Auto Show, the manufacturer proudly presented the car as being the first affordable, five-passenger full-electric midsize sedan. Even though the company expected a lot of praise for their sedan’s zero emissions, they can’t hide the Clarity BEV’s absolute Achilles heel, it’s an 89-mile range, which the customer wanted to be more, as the range is now the selling point of fully electric cars.
The Clarity BEV’s Stronger Point
The Clarity BEV though had a trick up its sleeve because it was the first electric vehicle from Honda which had fast charging capabilities, in just 30 minutes the Clarity EV’s battery can charge to 80 percent.
No Replacement Just Yet
Honda said that they are discontinuing the Clarity BEV to focus their efforts to brand new electric vehicles that Honda has on its pipelines. This ensures us that Honda is not straying away from fully electric vehicles and that we are going to see a host of new electric vehicles from the automaker sooner or later.
The Other Two Clarity Vehicles Continue to go On Sale
The other two Clarity variants would continue to be on sale. The fuel cell Clarity would remain to only be sold in California as only there exists reliable and developing hydrogen refueling stations. And the plug-in hybrid Clarity with a 47-mile electric range would be the best choice for Americans who want a Honda electric vehicle.
The Honda Clarity BEV’s Competition
To help us fully appreciate why car buyers choose other models over the Clarity BEV when they’re on the market looking for a fully electric vehicle, we are listing what it went up against.
The i3 is one of the more premium fully electric vehicles on sale, at a price tag of $44,450, it’s a quirky and small, fun little car, it can reach a range of up to 153 miles.
Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Bolt EV has become the fully electric vehicle of the common man, along with the Nissan Leaf, it’s an answer to the Tesla electric vehicle titans, at $36,620, this tiny electric car can reach up to 259 miles of range.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
This is Hyundai’s first try at making fully electric vehicles, the 2020 Ioniq model at $30,000 can reach up to 170 miles.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai positioned the Kona Electric to be one of the most exciting full-electric vehicles you can buy right now. It also has Hyundai’s reputable warranty, and at $36,990, this electric small SUV has a range of 258 miles.
Kia Niro EV
The Niro EV is Kia’s first effort in creating an all-electric SUV and a good price for an SUV too, at $38,500 this electric SUV can reach a distance of 239 miles.
Mini Cooper SE
You might think that the Mini Cooper was one of the latecomers in the EV game, but you’d be wrong, they are actually one of the EV pioneers back in 2009, and their 2020 model promise to be one of the most affordable EVs in the market, for $29,900, this cutesy little electric hatchback can reach 110 miles
The Leaf pioneer of the affordable all-electric car. It can reach 150 miles for a price of $31,600.
Nissan Leaf Plus
This is the long-range version of the Leaf and is a direct answer to the Tesla Model 3, it can reach 226 miles for a price of $45,000
Tesla Model 3
This is the budget version of the more premium Tesla offerings, the standard Model 3 car can reach 220 miles and it costs $39,990
This is Volkswagen’s take at making an electric car, essentially taking their standard Golf and fitting it with a wheezing electric motor, at $31,895 the E-Golf can reach 123 miles.
Remember that the Clarity BEV sold for $36,600 but it reached the lowest range so far, at just 89 miles.
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