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Honda Clarity Electric (Discontinued)
2019 Honda Clarity (Discontinued)
Base MSRP: From $36,620
Tax Credit: Up to $7,500
Battery Size: 25.5 kWh
EPA Range: 89 pure-electric miles
Charging Acceptance Rate: 6.6kW
Performance: 1.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine, paired with electric motor hybrid system; combined 212 horsepower
Mileage estimate: Equivalent of 110 mpge
Price estimate: From $36,620 to $37,700
Warranty: 3 years / 36,000 miles
Drivetrain Warranty: 5 years / 60,000 miles
Roadside Assistance: 3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion Warranty: 5 years / unlimited
2019 Honda Clarity Electric Review (Discontinued)
There are three versions of the in innovative 2019 Honda Clarity, a relatively new sedan in the Honda lineup. The Japanese automaker is offering the Clarity as an electric vehicle (EV), a fuel-cell model, and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).
Honda has big expectations for the Clarity, believing it can reach 75,000 in yearly sales by 2021 for all three versions. Sales are promising right now, but have a long way to go to reach that lofty Honda goal.
Not everyone is enamored by the Clarity’s exterior appearance. The Clarity is 192.7 inches long and has a 108.3-inch wheelbase. The exterior is rather busy for some, featuring an assortment of odd angles, folds, creases, and slashes that were seemingly done without a true overall game plan.
Interior Space and Features
Inside, the Clarity feels like a typical Honda, meaning the controls, materials, and ergonomics match the rest of the sedan lineup. The 8-inch touchscreen is a little less sophisticated than expected and some of the basic functions can be difficult to use. The Clarity does support Apple CarPlay and Android.
Although the back seat will feel a bit cramped, the Clarity cabin can transport five people. There’s ample room up front and the cargo area is suitable as well with 14.8 cubic feet in the trunk.
The Clarity has steering wheel paddles that are not used for the traditional shift to manual transmission. These paddles are all about the regenerative braking. And the paddles are easy to master. Just pull on the left one for more braking and the right one for less. The PHEV comes with three drive modes – Econ, Normal and Sport.
Battery and Range
Charging takes 2½ hours from a 240-volt station and 12 hours from a standard 120-volt wall plug. The overall range for the PHEV is approximately 300 miles.
The Clarity EV is battery-powered only and has a 161-horsepower electric motor. Unfortunately, its driving range is a disappointing 89 miles, not even close to the range of other EVs such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Nissan Leaf. Recharging can be a frequent occurrence in this all battery electric vehicle.
Although there’s no overwhelming thrills as a driver, the Clarity is easy to deal with in everyday situations. Acceleration and handling are adequate and cornering can be safely navigated at modest speeds because it has a nice touch for the road.
The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid seems to have the most mass appeal in the Clarity lineup. It provides around 48 miles of all-electric range, so it’s suitable for commuting to work and around-town trips. The PHEV is a sedan that folks will find comfortable and with good road manners, delivers better performance than expected, and provides excellent mileage.
The Clarity PHEV is the best of the bunch, but the older two versions are worthy of a look. Honda appears to have another solid car to add to an already impressive lineup.
Recommended Charging Stations = HCS-40
Recommended Power Level of Charging Station = 32A
Vehicle Acceptance Rate: 6.6kW
Though Discontinued, Remaining Honda Clarity Owners Continue to Use ClipperCreek
Nice equipment, good documentation, easy installation. I just bought (leased) a Honda Clarity Electric and figured I would use a combination of commercial charging stations and 120v household current on our driveway. But when I checked with our local utility (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) I discovered SMUD would either 1) give me a check for $599 to cover charging for several years to come or 2) give me an HCS-40P from ClipperCreek.
The HCS-40P is not rated for outdoor use because of the 240v plug, so I bought the HCS-40, which is hard wired in a junction box, directly from ClipperCreek and will use the SMUD rebate to pay for it. Amazon said it would take up to a week to get the equipment, but it showed up in under two days. It helps, I guess, that ClipperCreek is only about 30 miles from Sacramento.
I downloaded the online manual while I was waiting for the charger and bought all the supplies to install it at Home Depot for about $120. Most of the money was spent on 150 feet of 8 gauge THHN stranded wire (a 50-foot run from the electric panel to the front of our driveway with three individual conductors).
The documentation was very clear and anyone who’s even moderately handy can install the charger themselves. If you’re uncomfortable inside an electric panel, you can run the conduit and wire up to the panel and then let a pro install the 40 amp twin breaker.
The level 2 charger has made it possible to charge my Clarity in about three hours vs. 19 hours using household current. The fact that it was free is just icing on the cake.