Did Honda discontinue the Clarity?
According to a report by Autocar, Honda discontinued the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid after just two model years on sale.
The company also said it is ending Clarity Fuel Cell production in December, which could indicate an all-new version is in the works. The move was made because of poor sales performance.
Honda discontinued the Clarity Plug‐In Hybrid after two model years on sale.
Honda discontinued the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid after two model years on sale. The automaker said it’s ending production of this version of its latest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle due to poor sales performance and no plans for a new model.
The Clarity Fuel Cell model is still available, but only in California.
Honda began selling both versions of its Clarity PHEV in 2018 as part of an effort to get ahead of stricter emissions standards by offering electrified versions of several vehicles at once rather than waiting until 2025 and beyond when those regulations go into effect.
The main benefit here was that it gave Honda customers more options right away without waiting for new models with better technology (or at least more efficient).
The company also said it is ending Clarity Fuel Cell production in December, which could indicate an all-new version is in the works.
If you’re wondering what happened to the Clarity Fuel Cell, it’s no longer in Honda’s plans.
The company said it is ending Clarity Fuel Cell production in December, but that could indicate an all-new version is in the works.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll get to see one on the road again soon.
The move was made because of poor sales performance.
It was also a tough decision because Honda is known for its environmental consciousness.
The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid was the first model in its segment to offer a range of up to 47 miles on electric power alone and no tailpipe emissions under 30 mph when operating in EV mode.
In addition, it had an EPA rating of 119 MPGe—meaning it can travel 119 miles on each gallon of gas equivalent (which includes electricity).
However, sales have not been as high as expected. While overall hybrid sales increased by 24 percent last year over 2017, Clarity sales fell more than 70 percent during this same period.
Buyers may be waiting for a newer model with better options or lower price points; however, Honda has yet to announce any changes to the lineup or its price point.
It’s clear that Honda didn’t expect the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid to be a success, but many fans of the brand were disappointed when they heard about its discontinuation. However, there are still some reasons to be optimistic about this model:
The company could be working on a new version as we speak, and it still plans to release two more models (one all-electric and one hybrid) by 2021.