Hi Everyone, new Clarity owner here from San Jose, CA. Just wanted to drop a hello that I'll be taking delivery next week on a secondhand 2018 Gray Clarity with black interior and 15k miles on the odometer! It was a very sudden purchase as I've been on the fence for several months regarding taking on car payments again but Carvana just made it WAY too easy. They must have known that I had an itch to get out of my current clunker with 200k+ miles on it.
Knowing that the world is moving towards electrification, I had also been researching hybrids and EVs for the last 3-6 months and I had my sights set on a new 2019 Accord Hybrid (with the same 2-motor hybrid setup). It checked a lot of boxes (size, style, technology, MPG) but a standard hybrid at premium "new car price" just felt like more of the same of what I've had up until now. On the other extreme I still feel like moving to Tesla was 1) financially too daunting but 2) too MUCH of a departure from what I've had previously and the range anxiety just wasn't something I was prepared to deal with.
The Clarity checks a bunch of boxes for me in safely moving me into the EV game and the used car value of the touring trim made it much easier to get into it. I'm not bothered by the lack of a volume knob.
For what it's worth, my work commute is 25 miles round trip. My partner's parents is 100 miles round trip (2-3 times a weekend) and my folks live 240 miles one-way, but only 4-6 times a year. No mountains, always warm.
In my 20's I was a typical Import car guy on the forums. I'm coming from:
- Honda Civic Si (ephatch)
- Honda S2000 (S2KI)
- Honda Element (Element Owners Club)
- Subaru Legacy GT (NASIOC,LegacyGT forum)
- Acura Integra (TeamIntegra, HondaTech)
- Acura TSX (Acurazine, TSXClub)
So while I'm not new to cars and forums, I have to admit there's so much to learn in terms of EV ownership/charge etiquette; but I'm excited and looking forward to getting into something a little more ecologically and economically focused. For some reason, horsepower, RWD, AWD, and exhaust noise just doesn't appeal to me as much as getting places as efficiently as possible anymore. Call it age, call it frugality - but I'm feeling the Clarity.
So far, I've downloaded the following apps:
- ...any other recommendations?
...and am seeing what my options are with the level 2 chargers/seeing where all the nearby chargers are.
Hoping to have some minor mods done windows tinted, maybe some paint protection film, but otherwise going to keep it super stock and just drive it forever.
Not sure if there are "meets" but would love to hang out with anyone nearby, Cheers.