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Brad Larsen Sanchez chose a 2017 Honda Clarity Electric to help reduce his carbon footprint and fight climate change

COURTESY HONDA - Brad Larsen Sanchez is the first person in Oregon to lease a 2017 Honda Clarity Electric.As part of a commitment to reduce his carbon footprint, Portland resident Brad Larsen Sanchez is now the first person in Oregon to lease an all-new Honda Clarity Electric.

"It's obvious the world is changing and we to do what we can to reduce our impact on the environment. Using electricity to get around is better than using gas," says Larsen Sanchez, who decided to switch when the lease on his Honda CV-R crossover expired.

Larsen Sanchez was handed the keys to the midsize all-electric sedan on Saturday, Aug.5 by Jason Baber, the new car manager at Ron Tonkin Honda, 300 S.E. 122nd Ave.

COURTESY HONDA - The interior of the 2017 Honda Clarity Electric is spacious and inlcudes many premium touches."My husband and I have driven Honda's for years and we've never had any problems with them. I don't know much about cars, but a friend of mine does, and he told me about the Clarity. I was interested and drove one at a Clarity event and decided it would work for us. I only live 10 miles from work, so I'm not worried about ever running out of electricity," says Larsen Sanchez, clinical psychologist who owns a private practice.

The Honda Clarity Electric is the only affordable five passenger all-electric midsize sedan with premium content, including semiautonomous safety features, on the market today. It is only available for lease in Oregon and California at this time. Monthly payments are $269, plus $1,730 down at signing.

The Clarity Electric is powered by a 161-horsepower (120-kilowatt) electric motor producing 221 foot punds of torque and drawing power from a 25.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It can be fully charged in just over three hours at 240 volts and when using DC fast charging with the SAE Combined Charging System, and can achieve an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. The U.S. EPA has rated its fuel economy at 126/103/114 MPGe (city/highway/combined)3 and its range at 89 miles on a full charge.

The Clarity Electric is one of three electrified vehicles in the all new Clarity line. The other two are a plug-in hybrid that will be available later this year and a fuel cell-powered all-electric version that is only available in California for now.

COURTESY HONDA - Ron Tonkin Honda New Car Manager Jason Baber gave Brad Larson Sanchez the keys to his 2017 Honda Clarity Electric on Aug. 5.Honda brought all three to Portland on June 21 and 22 as part of Drive Revolution 2017, an annual comparision of alternative fuel vehicle organization the Northwest Automotive Press Association. Participants were impressed with their styling, interior room, features and performance.

The new Clarity line is part of the Honda Electrification Initiative intended to significantly increase sales of the company's hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles in coming years. According to Honda spokeswoman Natalie Kumaratne, the company's goal is for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of all global sales by 2030. To achieve that, Honda plans to sell 75,000 Clarity models during its first four years. The company is also planning to introduce electrified versions of existing models in the future. A hybrid version of the Accord is currently available.

In addition, Honda is installing Level 2 public charging stations at all Honda dealers and public Level 3 charging stations at select dealers that carry the Clarity line. They will be available to all electrified vehicle owners, regardless of make or model.

"Honda is a global company and one of our goals is to reduce our carbon footprint. We want to not only make vehicles that are great to drive, but to create a great society, too," says Kumaratne.

To learn more about leasing a 2017 Honda Clarity Electric, go to tinyurl.com/ybz2ft2z.

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