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Honda Clarity Electric in California and Oregon dealerships; $269/mo

The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric sedan arrived at the beginning of August in select dealerships in California and Oregon. With an introductory lease price of $269 (plus tax) a month for 36 months, the lease terms include an allowance of 20,000 miles per year and 24/7 roadside assistance. (Earlier post.)


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). In addition, if they apply, California and Oregon customers may qualify for their state’s rebates of $2,500 once they become available.

The Clarity Electric sedan is powered by a 120kW 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% charge in 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.

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.

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.


I am impressed by the 20k /yr mileage allowance. That makes the $269 / month price very competitive. Hard to drive that many miles in an EPA 89 mile car, though.

Not including weekend travel, 20k miles is a 91 mile commute. If you have a longish commute and workplace charging available, this is definitely a deal with considering.

$0.16 per mile for vehicle & maintenance. About $0.04 or less for fuel.

That's cheaper per mile than any used car at 25mpg or less including maintenance - even if that car is paid for (and does not include continuing depreciation of that used car).


A very short range affordable BEV for city dwellers and/or as a second family car.

Would be interesting for gorr?

Nick Lyons

Chevy Bolt looks like an urban runabout, but has 238 miles of range. Honda Clarity electric looks like a road-trip cruiser and has an 89 mile range. Who is the customer for this Honda?


Impressively low lease cost plus a high mileage allowance but a very short range for a new BEV. Certainly not a highway cruiser. Might be OK for commuting and in town use.

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Even though it was expected to have a sale price of $35,000; the lease price is very affordable at $11,414 [$9,684 ($269 * 36 months) + $1,730 (down pay)]. The 20K mile / year is a very generous feature and anyone who has a commute of 80 mile round trip can make the best use of this lease. Sadly its a compliance car sold in only 2 states.

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