The Honda Clarity Electric is sort of the awkward middle child of the largely identical Clarity trio of electrified cars. Nestled between the hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid variants is the automaker's fully electric large sedan. But with just 89 EPA estimated miles of cruising range, it's a bit of a tough sell compared to the rest of the current crop of electric cars, and even relative to its own hydrogen and hybrid siblings.
But the electric Honda isn't without its charms and its existence and scope says a lot about Honda's vision for clean mobility.
As implied by the name, the Honda Clarity Electric has a torquey electric motor hiding beneath its hood. Specifically, it's powered by a 120-kilowatt -- or about 161-horsepower -- electric motor producing 221 pound-feet of torque. That's technically a little less power than an Accord four-cylinder, but with much more torque. So, it should feel about as responsive off the line and around town the performance was nearly identical to that of the Clarity Fuel Cell.
This 35-year-old example is a reminder of how far we've come, and how much we've lost.
35 years later, Honda's epic two-seat coupe is a reminder of just how good we had it.
The production Civic sedan will launch next spring, and it'll look almost identical to this prototype.
The production Civic will look basically identical to this when it goes on sale next year.
The tech is called Traffic Jam Pilot and will debut in the Honda Legend sedan.
It's not the quickest thing on the block, but it's among the thriftiest.
Honda's midsize hybrid sedan is thrifty as heck, comfortable and still fun to drive.
The refreshed Accord Hybrid definitely leans toward comfort, but there's still some driver-forward characteristics hidden away.