Back in the day before LiFePo4 batteries, there were cars like the Citicar in the 1970s that had the correct vision by wanting to create an EV brand, but was limited by the storage system available at the time. That car had energy stored in its Lead Acid battery pack. Today we nick name those “Lead Sleds” which were extremely heavy cars and couldn’t store as much energy. So the range was weak and the car was heavy.
Fast forward to today. Lots of people love one brand of car over another so brand loyalty does exist. Since California’s CARB introduced its zero emissions mandate, almost all car companies have complied and built EVs so they “comply” with the standard. So one Car Company comes to mind that has complied and built a compliance car EV is Honda.
The Honda Fit EV is a compliance car that was not sold but only leased and only a very limited number was produced. While many people were on the waiting list to get this EV when it first came out, it was lacking some forethought and planning. These factors make it an EV car I would never recommend to people.
Here are my reasons:
- The Brand has made me NON-LOYAL which means, since they do not support EVs, I will not support them. It’s that simple.
- The cars winter range was less than 50 miles which means you can only go 25 miles each way if you don’t have a charge in the middle.
- Lack of a Fast Charger Option. – Crucial in my mind for any EV “would be” buyer. Without this, you are always 4 hours of charge at 240v. You always need a 480v charge solution to extend your driving radius around your home.
So as with the Citicar’s lead acid batteries held them back, the Honda Fit EV truly lacks range that is needed and has turned Honda Loyal buyers into EV haters as the first experience with an EV turned out very negative for some Honda Fit Leasees. Maybe this was the thought all along. Make people that want Honda EVs, hate Honda EVs. Very sad.