To repeat, If 89 miles EPA range is enough for you, it is enough for you
As with all vehicles, choosing a BEV requires you to make rational trade-offs.
Do you want a nice
car, or one with thousands of dollars (and hundreds of pounds) of batteries you don't need, and are taking up useful space in your vehicle only as rapidly-depreciating ballast?
https://www.torquenews.com/1574/why-i-f ... larity-bev
Why I find a viable driving future in 2018 Clarity BEV
While attending Honda’s recent Clarity PHEV press rollout in Napa, I had the opportunity to drive Honda’s premium Clarity battery electric vehicle. While the press pans Clarity BEV’s drive range, there’s something outstanding about this EV that none is talking about.
Setting the record straight, and there’s no arguing this point, Honda’s latest and largest stand alone battery electric vehicle has the lowest stated range of all new generation BEVs. So why lease one? On my last press trip for 2017 to Napa, California, I experienced two, 2018 BEVs, (battery electric vehicles) Honda Clarity, and the reinvented 2nd generation Nissan Leaf. While these cars are as different white and wheat bread, both are cutting edge when it comes to normalizing the electric car driving experience.
As Clarity brings a near full size sedan offering to the ever expanding BEV segment, Nissan Leaf opts for a reboot of its ever popular 5 door hatchback configuration. While Clarity BEV is march larger than Leaf, Leaf comes to market with a more powerful, quicker charging battery module, offering 150 + miles between charging, Clarity doesn’t!...
Clarity BEV is not designed for the long trip. With a stated 89 miles between charges, under ideal weather and road conditions, it would take a bit of charge management to cover many commuters daily work grind. However, for me, and the vast majority of Americans, less than 40 miles per day are traveled between work and home, easily done for Clarity. I can’t overstate the cabin comfort, quiet, standard featured active safety, and personal electronic connectivity integrated in Clarity BEV. I recommend a Clarity BEV test drive to anyone that can live with the 80+ mile charge range...
The clarity BEV is a relatively large sedan, reportedly having very nice appointments, many features and quality fit-and finish, and is available for very attractive lease terms, $700 down and 199/mo for a 36 month, 20k mile-per-year lease.
https://automobiles.honda.com/clarity-s ... &gclsrc=ds
I'm not at all surprised that some lessees have preferred it to a more expensive lease on a smaller LEAF/Golf/Soul/Ioniq hatch, with fewer features.
If 89 miles EPA range is enough for you, it is enough for you
, which is the case for many drivers in the CA/OR coastal population centers, now that DC charge sites are ubiquitous.
As to the Tesla 3, the lease+maintenance costs of the base model (if and when it ever becomes available) will probably be (post incentives) two to three times that of the Clarity.
The model 3 just will not competitive with the Clarity, or any of the other BEVs mentioned, in terms of cost.
I've been a BEV driver for almost 6 years, and I also don't understand. Please enlighten us, Ed.
My best guess would be a strong loyalty to either the brand or the sedan form factor. Those are the only things that make the Clarity different from the slew of 100+ mile BEVs selling for a similar price.
's the only thing I can think of that sets it apart, but that doesn't require that I drive it. Once the regular range Model 3 arrives, a BEV sedan with ~ 2.5 times the range for not much more money, the value proposition of the Clarity drops even further. For those not wedded to a sedan, the Soul/e-Golf/Ionic/2018 LEAF all provide at least 110 miles of range and four or five seats for the same or less money as the Clarity.