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.
White 2012 SV delivered 10 Dec 2011 returned 25 Nov 2014 replaced with stopgap ICE Sentra
[35 months] [35K miles] [9 Bars]
2013 Volt replaced after 36 months/30k miles with ICE Rogue
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