Clarity EV - It's like chasing a unicorn

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by BLAZETIGER, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. fotomoto

    fotomoto Active Member

  2. 4sallypat

    4sallypat Active Member

    The FCV would have been my first choice because the hydrogen fuel would be free.
    I originally started looking at the FCV but at that time they were in high demand and I could not wait.

    The fast fill up times and free cost of energy was the main reasons plus CA has the HOV exemption, CVRP rebate and local rebate....

    You have to look at the free hydrogen stations to see if it's worth the lease.

    BLAZETIGER New Member

    Yeah. I like the math. Still no luck, but will see what happens. Forgot to try Norm Reeves today, but will give them a call tomorrow. Been looking around and made an appointment to check out the Ioniq EV Limited

    BLAZETIGER New Member

    I actually do like the FCV, but unfortunately no hydrogen fuel nearby. I live out in the boonies and even EVs are rare in my area.
  5. As stated earlier get on some waiting lists, that will pretty much the only way you'll end up with one. That being said, here's my story...

    I was monitoring and for inventory around here (I'm in Torrance). At the time in January, apparently Norm Reeves in Cerritos had 5 of them. I contacted the internet sales manager and he said he had 3 left. I confirmed about 3 times via text that they were indeed there so I took half day off work and drug the wife and 2 kids down there, so you can see where this is going...

    Yep they weren't there, they had gotten those 5 two days prior and they went to the people on the waiting list. I was pretty pissed so some other manager came out in the lobby and basically reiterated what the sales guy said. We left.

    25 minutes later as I'm pulling into my driveway, my phone rings and it is the GM from the dealer who caught wind of the situation and was extremely apologetic and said that the next one that comes in is mine (yeah right).

    Well he called 3 weeks later and low and behold they got one more 18' in, I originally wanted the pearl white, he had the Vortex Blue Pearl on grey leather, so I said f it and grabbed it, really glad I got that color after all.

    Get on multiple lists and be persistent!! Good luck it's an amazing car.
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  6. 4sallypat

    4sallypat Active Member

    Nice color - very unique.
    Glad you got Norm Reeves to pull thru - they have always treated me very well over the past 4 Hondas we got from them in Cerritos...

    That Vortex Blue is a color not available to other Clarity models making it unique.
    Wish I had that instead of the Forest Green w/ tan in my PHEV...
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  7. Yeah Honda did a great job of offering unique color combos specific to each of the 3 technologies in these cars!

    BLAZETIGER New Member

    I'm on 5 waiting lists thus far. Maybe 6. Kind of lost track. I'm up in the High Desert so I if one comes in I'll have to beat the crowds to get to one of the dealerships. They are all about 45 minutes to an hour and a half away.
  9. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    For some reason Honda calls the Vortex Blue Pearl the "hero" color for the Clarity Electric and Moonlit Forest Pearl the "hero" color for the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. However, instead of a unique "hero" color, the Clarity Fuel Cell cars get a two-tone paint job; no matter what color the rest of the car is painted, the roof and the pillars are black.
  10. ab13

    ab13 Active Member

    Don't forget, the wheel inserts are also black on the FCV. That always seems to look good. I'm not a fan of black cars, but this picture is good.
  11. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    That's a good-looking car--the black wheel inserts look great. I like our Moonlit Forest Pearl Clarity better with the Clarity accessory wheels than with the OEM silver-insert wheels (which are now shod with snow tires).

  12. Whoa whoa whoa, does that mean if I found someone willing to swap inserts with me from a FCV, my wheels would essentially be all black? o_Oo_O Anyone have any pictures of anyone that has done that? I think that would look pretty good on mine especially since I tinted the windows. OR wonder how much they are from Honda...:eek:
  13. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    Check out this post and thread.
  14. Robert_Alabama

    Robert_Alabama Well-Known Member

  15. Damn thanks guys, gonna remove em' and see what I can do.
  16. 2002

    2002 Well-Known Member

    Sorry about the OP having trouble finding an EV, but whoa I am really interested now in painting my plastic covers black. I had hoped that just removing the covers would improve the look, but someone posted a photo in another thread with the covers off, talk about ugly, I still can't unsee that picture. Also I thought I read that they contribute at least a little bit to aerodynamics. But I never thought about painting them. Not sure I would Plastidip them because I don't want a flat color which would look like plastic, I think gloss would look better to at least give the appearance of metal.
  17. GHTech

    GHTech Member


    I was coming from a 2016 Ford Focus Electric that the lease was expiring. I had heard about the waitlist being mentioned in a number of places. When I contacted Galpin Honda (as they are 3 miles away from me), they said that they did not have a wait list, but didn't say how I would know that they have one in stock. They don't even bother updating their website for the Clarity EV's. They said keep checking with them. :) I was keeping track on Cargurus. A couple of weeks later, someone mentioned (on one of the forums) that Galpin was supposed to get a few that same week. I called the rep handling the EV's, and he said that he had one in stock, and how soon can I come in. I was there a couple of hours later, and picked it up. Got the Vortex Blue Pearl. Strangely enough, there is someone else with the same color CLarity electric in my church parking lot.


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    BLAZETIGER New Member

    I may be mistaken, but doesn't the Clarity EV also have black inserts vs grey inserts on the PHEV? How would u make them all black?

    BLAZETIGER New Member

    I got a an unexpected call from Penske Honda yesterday that they had received an EV. It was still wrapped. Took me a few hours to get there, but ended up getting the Vortex Blue (my 3rd choice behind white and grey, but beggars can't be choosers).

    I was about to pull the trigger on an Ioniq in a few weeks if nothing came in, but just couldn't pass up the pricing for the Clarity EV. Plus a nice upgrade from my non-touring PHEV.
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  20. Robert_Alabama

    Robert_Alabama Well-Known Member

    I love the Vortex Blue. It would be my first choice, I think. Congratulations!
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