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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:31 am

mwalsh wrote:Nice write-up, Phil. You've done us proud!

Thanks Mike! And thanks very much for the opportunity.
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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:24 am

So what Honda has done is unlike Nissan in that they didn't jump in with both feet and create a clean sheet design, but also unlike Ford, which is more like a conversion. The HFEV apparently is made with some stampings that are unique to the EV version.

They seem to have come up with a decent product in a way that won't bankrupt them if it doesn't pan out. Putting 1100 cars out there and seeing what problems there are with the option to not have to support them after three years is a cautious approach. We don't really know if this is a compliance play, a beta test, or some combination of the two. Certainly not a transformational leadership approach like Nissan is attempting, but at least they're going to put cars on the road in 2012, which puts them way ahead of a lot of others.

Unlike others I'll withhold judgement as to where they will go with this. We are still in chapter one of the second golden age of electric cars.
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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:23 am

Great write up, Phil! One thing...
6.6 kW onboard charger, NO fast DC charging
At EVS26, the Honda guy said the Japanese version would come with CHAdeMO. :cry:

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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:37 am

The first reports from media types who drove the electric Fit was that it was quite the rush, and you've confirmed this. I think engineering electrics to be more fun to drive, which is what you're saying about the Fit, is a very good idea. There are a lot more people who want "fun to drive" than there are "want to save the planet". Plus those who want to save the planet probably won't be adverse to have a vehicle that is fun to drive.

Thanks for the report!

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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:06 am

Im surprised that it is lighter than a Leaf, the SCiB batteries are not ligth. Is honda planning on selling this in Japan?

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Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:17 am

Herm wrote:Im surprised that it is lighter than a Leaf, the SCiB batteries are not ligth. Is honda planning on selling this in Japan?
They're going to offer it in Japan, but I'm pretty sure only as a lease. China, too, I think they said.
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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:22 am

Great write-up Phil.
I can't believe I had to miss this Pasadena test-drive opportunity ( I was in CDR hell all week).
I hope I can snag a Fit test drive in the near future. I'm glad Honda decided to activate performance options in the Fit design. Performance - both handling and accel, can be such a strong point for EVs, I hope the future econo-EVs use it as a selling point. It's what I'll require in my next EV.

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