Honda Electric Vehicles
Honda has long been a name for small economical vehicles. Way back in 1999, Honda produced the Honda EV Plus which was the first battery electric vehicle from a major automaker that did not use lead acid batteries. While only 340 of the EV Plus were created by the time it was taken out of production in 1999, Honda moved straight into building the Honda Insight as it’s next green vehicle.
Honda later moved into creating a Civic Hybrid as well as the Honda FCX which was a hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicle.
Honda is currently producing a Honda Fit EV full electric vehicle in limited quantities, and has plans to release a Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid in the near future.
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Rated at 115MPGe, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in has the highest EPA rating of any plug-in hybrid vehicle currently available on the market. The Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale months ahead of the non plug-in Hybrid Accord. Initial markets include California and New York. Visit the Accord Plug-in Forum for more details.
The Honda Clarity plug-in Hybrid uses a 17 kWh battery to go up to 47 miles as rated by the EPA. The small gasoline engine is programmed only to kick on when needed, making this more of a range-extended electric vehicle than a typical plug-in hybrid that splits power to both powertrains.
The Honda Fit EV is a 100% electric version of Honda’s popular Fit 5-door compact car. The Honda Fit EV will be available in select markets in the summer of 2012 with 6 more areas being added in early 2013. The Honda Fit EV will first be available for lease only, but Honda does plan to offer them for sale, likely after they are more confident in their batteries and technology.