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Honda to Axe Clarity Hybrid, Fuel-Cell Models

Honda will stop building its slow-selling Clarity plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell electric vehicle later this summer.

First reported by Green Car Reports, the automaker plans to stop building the Clarity PHEV and FCEV.

The Clarity wanted to be all things — all eco-friendly things, that is — to all drivers when it was introduced a few years ago in plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, and fully electric configurations.

With its Prius-like profile and nearly Acura-grade interior, the Clarity had the makings of success when it was launched. However, the electric version’s mere 89-mile range made it a tough sell when it was discontinued in 2020. The plug-in hybrid was more in line with consumer tastes, but its 30-or-so mile electric range and 47 mpg combined ratings are off the mark compared to rivals.

The Clarity FCEV will technically carry into the 2022 model year, but it’s only offered for lease in select California markets where there is a public hydrogen fueling station infrastructure. The Clarity FCEV is rated at a 360-mile range on hydrogen.

Though the Honda lineup has several hybrid models including the dedicated hybrid Insight, the automaker has yet to field a competitive fully electric car. That’s likely to change in the next couple of years as the automaker and its Acura luxury division look to sell their first EVs beginning in 2024. Find a Honda Clarity for sale

 

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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