Honda's Only EV In America Is Officially Dead

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Fact: it was sold in only two states.

Most people probably aren't aware that Honda sells a pure battery-electric vehicle in the US. Or rather sold. The Honda Clarity Electric will no longer be sold in the US for the 2020 model year. Green Car Reports confirmed the news with Honda, which some may have expected already. The Clarity Electric was not exactly a mass-production vehicle; it was sold in only two states, California and Oregon.

Just last year, the Honda Clarity lineup, which also includes the Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, received several updates that carry over for 2020. But the all-electric version is no more. The most likely reason is due to slow sales. The Clarity Electric never caught on much even in the states it was sold in because of increasing competition, such as from Tesla. The Clarity's funky exterior design also doesn't appeal to everyone.

2017-2019 Honda Clarity Electric Front Three-Quarter Left Side View Honda
2017-2019 Honda Clarity Electric Front Three-Quarter Left Side View Honda
2017-2019 Honda Clarity Electric In Motion Honda

Also, the Clarity Electric's range was no longer competitive. It came powered by a 25.5-kWh battery pack capable of delivering an EPA-rated range of just 89 miles. An 80 percent charge was capable in 30 minutes. Compare those figures to the Tesla Model 3 and the choice for most EV buyers was obvious.

However, Honda offered attractive pricing for a good chunk of the Clarity Electric's life. Buyers were typically offered a lease price of around $269 or $199 a month for 36 months with just $1,499 down. That still didn't do the trick, especially since the Clarity Electric was facing off against other affordable EVs capable of more than 200 miles of range. It also appears the Clarity Electric has been dropped from two other markets it was sold in, Japan and Canada.

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2017-2019 Honda Clarity Electric Dashboard Honda
2017-2019 Honda Clarity Electric Navigation System Honda
2017-2019 Honda Clarity Electric Navigation System Honda

The Japanese automaker is by no means getting out of the EV business. In fact, it's only just getting started. The all-new Honda e hatchback city car will soon hit the streets of Europe. Although it's not coming to the US, its platform has been homologated for this market. Honda just confirmed a second EV for Europe, but there's still no word on a directly Clarity Electric replacement. However, Honda aims to launch several new EVs by 2022 so chances are America will be getting something new.

2017-2019 Honda Clarity Electric Charging Honda
2017-2019 Honda Clarity Electric Rear Seats Honda
2017-2019 Honda Clarity Electric Engine Honda
Source Credits: Green Car Reports

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