Is this why sales have declined sharply in the past few months?
Honda has reportedly pulled the Clarity PHEV out of widespread availability by limiting distribution to just ZEV states before pulling back the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid even more by making it a California-only offering.
Here’s one thread on the situation, but other reports sent to InsideEVs appear to confirm this horrible move by Honda. The thread, found over at the InsideEVs Forum, states, in part:
I have no source for this other than my own tracking of Clarity VIN numbers which I have been tracking online for quite a while now. As reported previously no 2019’s exist outside of the ZEV states (CA/OR and east coast states). If there are exceptions they are extremely rare. Outside of ZEV states only 2018’s have been available, however, most of those have now been snapped up due to heavy discounting. Also for some reason apparently Oregon stopped receiving shipments a few months ago even though they are a ZEV state, even more mystifying since Oregon is one of only two states (the other being California) where Honda currently offers a $5,000 dealer incentive for Clarity.
As it turns out it’s not just Oregon, I discovered today looking through VIN numbers on dealer lots that none of the east coast ZEV states have been receiving 2019 shipments for several months. I didn’t notice that earlier because unlike Oregon there are many 2019’s on the lots in east coast states.
There was a rumor here a few weeks ago that Honda has stopped producing 2019’s, however, I still continue to see new VIN numbers appear, although I had noticed that I was seeing them only in California.
That’s a shame as the Clarity PHEV is truly one of the best plug-in hybrids sold today. However, this move by Honda appears to be confirmed by declining Clarity PHEV sales too. If you’re not willing to sell it nationwide, then sales will be low.