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Honda slashes EV costs


DETROIT, Michigan Auto companies are hoping lease prices will put a into sluggish electric-car

Honda has announced that slashing the monthly lease of its tiny Fit (Jazz) EV by 33%; have already been moves by other automakers. also is throwing in other such as a free home

Electric vehicles once billed as the answer to high prices and dependence on foreign oil but US oil is rising and petrol supplies are Pump prices have relatively stable in the US for three and petrol-fuelled vehicles have way more efficient. A battery however, can run flat on an extended and take perhaps hours to


So, sales of cars are but a tiny fraction of US personal transport sales; 12 000 pure-electric (battery) vehicles in the through April, according to AutoInfoBank and Tesla Motors. less than one percent of the of cars and trucks sold the same period. Even a tax the equivalent of about R75 000 from the US that in effect reduces the price of such cars is not buyers.

Larry Dominique, a former Motor product chief now an with a vehicle pricing said automakers needed to a market for the cars among who would not usually go for the latest The early adopters are kind of out of the EV market, he explained. To get that appeal they’re doing pretty aggressive lease

The sluggish sales have high expectations for electric car US president Barack Obama has he wants to put a million plug-in vehicles on American roads by with two years to go the nation is way target but there is hope: leases and a wider range of are giving electric vehicles a Sales for the first four of 2013 were 80% of 2012’s sales of about 15000.

Automakers generally lose on battery cars because the is so new and the batteries are expensive but they been subsidising sales by prices. Chrysler CEO Sergio has said his company would the equivalent of about R100 000 on Fiat 500 electric vehicle Others have reported losses.


With its Fit EV . is offering a three-year R2600/month down R1300 from the R3900 when the car went on in July 2012.The reduced from June 1, will apply to existing Fit EV leases. The lease requires no deposit and with unlimited use, routine maintenance, collision and a free 240V home station that would cost the equivalent of about

Although we feel the Fit EV offers product benefits over electric vehicles, Honda in order to compete effectively in the EV we need a more competitive

In May 2013 General Motors it would lease its Spark EV for with R10 000 due at signing. Nissan is a R1990/month lease for its Leaf car with R20 000 down. That’s from R3700/month in 2011.

leases have a 20 000km use limit before extra kick in.

The lower lease put a battery car about on par with a normal car.

Sales of the Fit EV been particularly slow. April, Honda sold or only 68 in the US; in 2012 it sold or only 93. In ideal conditions it can run on for 130km.

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