Honda's Clarity family of EVs was the top-selling model among all affordable electrified vehicles in October. With sales of 2,100 units, the Clarity passed the Toyota Prius Prime for the first time. The 2,100 units include both the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) version of the car sold nationally and battery electric vehicle (BEV) cars leased by Honda in the state of California. Honda does not break out the separate trims, but estimates are that the Clarity PHEV accounts for about 90% of these unit sales.
The Prius Prime is still holding strong at the 2,000 or so unit level it has now maintained since February. Year to date, the Prius Prime is way ahead of the rest of the affordable EV pack with sales of 22,524 units. The Prime is also the number two-selling electric vehicle in America overall.
The Chevy Bolt had a good month of sales and nearly upset the Clarity win for the month. Inside EVs estimates that Chevy sold 2,075 Bolts in October. Chevy no longer provides monthly sales reports, but rather just quarterly.
With two sales months left in the calendar year, the Clarity is in position to finish second overall for the year in sales of affordable EVs. Presently, the Clarity with its annual sales of 13,567 units trails the Chevy Volt by about a thousand units overall.
Honda Clarity Quick Facts
The Honda Clarity line entered the U.S. market near the end of 2017. Sales have rapidly accelerated. The five-seat Clarity is a bit smaller than a Honda Accord inside and a bit bigger than a Civic. After federal tax credits, state rebates, and dealer discounts, the Honda Clarity PHEV starts at under $19K in EV-target states like Massachusetts.
The Clarity BEV earns an EPA estimated 114 MPGe combined and the Clarity PHEV an estimated 110 MPGe. The Clarity PHEV can travel about 42 miles on electricity alone and has a combined range of 340 miles. Torque News reviewed the Clarity PHEV this month and offered an honest opinion of the vehicle which drew many comments.