Honda is back with an electric vehicle, but this time it’s aimed at people who prefer luxury and a Prius-like look. Roberto Baldwin explains:
In 1998 Honda introduced the first hybrid to North American roads. The Insight looked like a futuristic CRX and should have heralded the automaker as a leader in the green-car space along with Toyota and its Prius. Except it didn’t. The Prius took off while Honda continued to produce the less-popular Insight along with a few other hybrids including a V6 Accord. The company even tip-toed into the electric market with a limited run of Fit EVs.
That was then and this is now.
Clarity is Honda’s new line of green cars. Previously, the Clarity was just a fuel-cell vehicle with limited availability. Now it’s three automobiles on a single platform: a fuel-cell version, plug-in hybrid and the pure electric car we drove. Honda says the entire line is about making a choice based on your driving habits. So before you throw down some cash, you have to decide, “How far will I really drive in this thing?”
Apparently, not far. The EV’s range is about 89 miles.