It wasn’t long ago that an electric car was an exotic thing. A weird thing. An oddity. They were only bought by the lunatic fringe, hippies in hemp pants saving the Earth from man’s evil ways until their Silicon Valley startup can fully develop a self-driving bicycle. That’s just not the case anymore. Today, electric cars have become as mainstream as organic kale.
Even so, electric vehicles remain a very small percentage all new car sales, but the technology is developing quickly. And automakers around the world continue to make huge investments in the space, creating better and better plug-in hybrids and electric cars with more range, improved driving characteristics and more affordable pricing. That list of automakers includes Honda. All-new last year, the Clarity is available in three variations: a hydrogen-powered fuel cell model, a plug-in hybrid, and a pure EV like our test vehicle. The 2018 Honda Clarity Electric competes against the Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Ionic Electric, and Tesla Model 3.