I understand the issues. My point is pretty simple and more big picture on the nationwide level
Carb credits = political motivation
Zev states = political motivation
Why aren't more states ZEV? Political motivation or lack of.
If the American politician gave a **** about anything other than greed and self interest...things would be a whole lot different.
If these car companies gave a **** about promoting PHEV/BEV these vehicles would be available country wide...Tesla being the exception. People apparently loved the Volt...why cancel? Lost the federal tax credit for buyers, thus incentive, is my guess. But of course blame low sedan sales, low profit margin yadadayadadayadada.
The ICE technology is much more profitable at this stage and that is really the bottom line. PHEV/BEV should be a staple inventory by this time nationwide...but ICE continues to dominate with limited availability of PHEV/BEV models. Tesla the exception.
As for Honda...the lack of interest/knowledge/commitment in the Clarity by their dealership network speaks volumes...it is readily apparent the whole strategy was to discourage the sale of this car in non-zev states. Pathetic really.
posts as saying Why shouldn't the rest of the country have access to these vehicles? As it stands now...most consumers from North Dakota to North Carolina to Florida to Iowa are forced to buy the crap on dealers lots (ie) ICE vehicles. If PHEV version of the 2019 Clarity were available nationwide, even on a limited basis, they would sell if promoted properly and given some time.
When I bought the 2018 Clarity the research I did showed basically within 150 miles...four dealers had up to 5 cars on the lot. So less than 20 vehicles. No wonder the sales figures were dismal. They all sold though...hmmm.
Where I live...I am 100% confident both the PHEV Toyota or Subaru would sell well. But this is not a viable option since they are going for the carb credits while eschewing the rest of the country.
I digress...yes some of us understand the issue
so diligently laid out...but disagree with those who say its acceptable for the car manufactures to dictate who gets what car when.
If you build it they will come..if you don't...how can sales level become acceptable and/or become the norm?