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Honda Offers Affordable $199 Per Month Lease On Clarity Electric

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Not a bad price, but the range isn't great.

Earlier this year, Honda pulled the wraps off its new dedicated hybrid model, the Insight. The Insight will likely be Honda's most widely recognized eco model, but it will not be the only one. Depending on where you live in the United States, you may be able buy Honda's other efficient car, the Clarity, which comes with three choices for powertrain: hydrogen fuel cell, plug-in hybrid, or full-electric. Though it may not be nearly as popular as EV modes like the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3, the Clarity Electric is a very affordable EV option.

Honda will now offer the Clarity Electric with a $199 per month lease at select California and Oregon dealerships. The $199 price (plus tax and a $1,499 down payment) includes a term of 36 months, an allowance of 20,000 miles per year, and 24/7 roadside assistance. For now, the Clarity Electric will only be available for lease, so buyers will have to turn somewhere else. Even though it is lease only, customers may be eligible for a $2,500 state-level rebate. California drivers will also receive access to the single-occupant HOV lane. Although the lease price is very affordable, the Clarity Electric may not be the right fit for a lot of customers.

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Unlike many modern EVs, which can exceed 100 or even 200 miles on a charge, the Clarity Electric can only manage 89 miles before needing to be plugged in. Perhaps someone with a short commute will be fine with this range, but most people will likely want a longer range. At least the Clarity can recharge by 80 percent in 30 minutes with fast charging, or 3.5 hours on a 240-volt charger.