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2017 Honda Clarity Electric Priced at $269 per Month

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/12/2017 Motor Trend Staff

The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric arrives in select dealerships across California and Oregon this August with an introductory lease price of $269/month plus tax.

The 36-month lease requires a $1,730 down payment and comes with an annual 20,000-mile allowance and 24/7 roadside assistance. The lease includes a built-in federal tax credit, and California customers may qualify for an additional state rebate of $2,500. The EV is one of three vehicles in Honda's Clarity series, which also consists of the Clarity Fuel Cell and the upcoming Clarity Plug-in Hybrid.

Equipped with a 25.5-kilowatt-hour battery and an electric motor producing 161 hp, the Clarity Electric can be fully charged in just over three hours with a 240-volt charger. When using a DC fast charger, the sedan can reach an 80-percent charge in 30 minutes. But the vehicle is only rated to travel 89 miles on a single charge, placing its range well below other electric vehicles including the Chevrolet Bolt, Volkswagen e-Golf, Hyundai Ioniq EV, Nissan Leaf, and others.

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Fortunately, the Clarity Electric's monthly lease price is $100 below the price of the Clarity Fuel Cell, which achieves a range of 366 miles. Compared to traditional electric vehicles, the Clarity Electric has a fairly competitive lease price, but it's not a steal. Those who want to buy one are out of luck right now, as there's no purchase option once the lease ends.

2017 Honda Clarity Electric front three quarter© Motor Trend Staff 2017 Honda Clarity Electric front three quarter

On the bright side, the Honda Clarity Electric offers the space and convenience of a midsize sedan, unlike other competitors. Honda has set ambitious goals for its Clarity series, hoping to sell 75,000 vehicles in the first four model years. By 2030, Honda targets two-thirds of its global vehicle sales to come from electrified vehicles.

Source: Honda

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