(2/13/2000) Honda’s Forgotten Electric Car

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Nobody wants to give up huge investment in the combustion

Even as Honda turned fleet customers for the EV Plus, it pick-and-choose as to whom it considered an retail consumer. If there are customers than vehicles, advised potential drivers, we select customers on the basis of our program goals. The company a tedious application procedure disqualified many interested (as many as 50 percent at one Sacramento Specifically, Honda screened out who did not own a private home or garage, they could not install an charging station.

But GM, which has 600 of its EV1s to retail customers has found ways to set up charging for its apartment-dwelling customers.

Why would Honda neglect a market for a radically-different full-electric and push hybrid technology The answer, according to Thad senior analyst and alternate-fuels at J.D. Power and Associates is Nobody wants to give up huge investment in the combustion he says.

Honda, in particular, has an record on low-emissions gasoline-powered and the Insight is direct extension of extensive research and development. For all the about its innovative hybrid the Insight is essentially still by a conventional combustion engine: 6 percent of its power comes battery technology. And much of the remarkable fuel efficiency more than 70 miles to the — is the product not of the hybrid but of lower body weight and aerodynamics.

Honda argues that thousands of the ultra-low-emissions hybrid cars will do more for the than the leasing of a few hundred electric cars. Ninety-nine of cars are gas, so for the biggest we have to solve that says Bienenfeld. And many have embraced Honda’s in the hopes that a well-selling will ring in a new era of alternatative-fuel

If there are thousands of the hybrids, clean up the environment. reasons Huetter, Director of a WestStart-CALSTART to advance alternative transportation

The hybrid could be a bridge to number of electric drive explains David Hawkins, scientist with the Nation Defense Council. We don’t see it as the end of vehicle technology, but it overcomes the that a lot of consumer have electric technology.

And the Sierra has added its weight to the issue. Dan Director of the Sierra Club’s Warming and Energy Program, Really clean emission-free vehicles that nobody aren’t going to do a lot to clean up the compared to thousands of hybrid that are dramatically cleaner anything else on the road. are a very substantial step

But critics claim that the of hybrid technology may be aimed at California to lower or drop its zero-emissions quotas. Indeed, the has already agreed to allow to count hybrids as partial towards its zero-emissions quota. And Hwang, Transportation Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists, auto makers will a media campaign this aimed at ending zero-emissions altogether when they up for review this September.

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says that even electric cars pollute by consuming electricity, battery from California’s pro-environment mix of is still about 98 percent than the Honda Insight. The is a high-fuel economy, but that mean anything about how it will pollute, says Hybrids can be a step forward as as we keep eye on prize, which is emissions.

The gold standard for environmental is still the battery or hydrogen vehicle.

And EPA Senior Policy Jim McCargar cautions that will do little to benefit the if the battery technology continues to be as an add-on to gasoline engines. hybrid technology prompt to downsize engines and translate into fuel-efficiency gains, asks, or will they use the technology to get even more than we’ve had in the past?

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