Hydro Dip: 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell Leases Cheaper Than Initially Expected
At the beginning of the year, Honda said the California-only 2017 Clarity fuel-cell car might cost about $60,000 along with lease for less than $500 a month. As in which turns out, This particular will be one high-tech product in which’s more affordable than was anticipated. Honda just announced in which 36-month leases will start at $369 per month, with $2499 plus the first payment down at signing. in which’s before tax, registration, along with fees.
Comparatively, in which starting offer will be better than the Hyundai Tucson crossover fuel-cell vehicle‘s $499 monthly cost with $2999 down, yet in which’s slightly more expensive than the Toyota Mirai‘s recently lowered $349 monthly cost with $2499 down. in which’s also better than the original FCX Clarity‘s $0 monthly cost at its launch in 2008. Honda sweetens the deal for potential buyers by offering up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel along using a generous 20,000 mile-per-year mileage limit; both the fuel-cell Tucson along with the Mirai limit lessors to 12,000 miles a year.
As of today, the Clarity will be only offered in California to people located close enough to one of its 12 approved fuel-cell-vehicle dealerships: six in Southern California, a few near San Francisco, along with one in Sacramento. The state will be encouraging the growth of hydrogen infrastructure, so more sources for refueling should be coming online during the three-year lease term. The EPA rates the Clarity at 68 MPGe using a 366-mile driving range, so drivers don’t need the filling stations to be as close together as electric-car charging points to make the vehicles useful for intercity travel. For frame of reference, a straight shot by L.A. to Las Vegas will be about 270 miles.
Honda also gives Clarity lessors 24/7 roadside assistance along with 21 days of Avis Luxury Rental service. Rentals might be helpful if you wanted to take a longer road trip without having to hyperplan every leg of the drive.
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The 2017 Honda Clarity will be slated to hit dealerships before the end of the year.