Electric cars are coming into their own, and reputable imports like Toyota, Nissan, and Honda have put the energy savers on the market at affordable prices. This is the era of the electric car, and for consumers who love the reliability, affordability, and mix of features of imports, a new world of electric vehicles is about to hit the roads. Honda has taken the lead and produced three electric cars worth noting. Who should buy the Honda electric car? The same customers who love Hondas, those who want to save on gas and help the environment, and anyone who's been waiting for electric cars to hit their stride.
Read on for details on the Honda electric car of your dreams.
Honda is one of the top automakers in the world; it's the eighth largest and one of the largest Japanese companies. Their products include motorcycles, cars, aircraft, and trucks. Customers use Honda motors in generators and a wide array of machinery. The Honda electric car is a new category of automotive excellence. You'll want to know their features and keep in mind that range (how far one charge goes) and charging time are important features to compare with other electric cars.
1. What Is an Electric Car?
Electric cars (abbreviated "EV" for "electric vehicle") have all the basic components of gas, diesel-powered, or hybrid vehicles in the basics: steering, brakes, chassis, storage, etc. The difference is that an electric is powered by electricity rather than gasoline, diesel fuel, or a combination of gas/electric (the hybrid). If it is an EV, the vehicle is powered entirely by batteries and needs to be periodically recharged. Owners of electric cars do not fill up the car with gasoline, do not buy gasoline, and do not use gas stations unless there happens to be an electric charging station at a gas station.
2. What Does a Honda Electric Car Do That a Regular Honda Doesn't?
Most Honda vehicles, even SUV-class, are gas savers. The 4-cylinder engines are less powerful but typically boast 30 mpg or more. A standard Honda vehicle is inexpensive but built with quality materials and made to last. Honda has a well-deserved reputation as a reliable brand. The Honda electric car carries with it the same reliability as Honda's standard cars and the prices are in the same general range. The difference is that the Honda electric car requires buying no gasoline. It saves customers money because no gasoline is necessary and engine maintenance costs are lower. In addition, electric cars are extremely quiet.
3. How Does Electric Car Technology Work?
Gas powered automobiles use an engine that burns gasoline, known as the internal combustion engine. The gasoline is used to power constant "mini-explosions" that propel the pistons up and down within the engine block, causing motion that is transferred to the drive train (wheels) to make the car move. When combined with compressed air the pistons fire, do their work, and produce energy. Electric cars do not use internal combustion engines, so the motors are smaller, quieter, cleaner, and simpler. Electric vehicle motors require far less maintenance.
4. Where Can You Buy a Honda Electric Car?
Since electric car technology is new and unfamiliar to most people, the first place to go when deciding to purchase is the web. You should educate yourself about important features on the electric car from the dealer website and also read customer reviews. The customer perspective will help you become an informed shopper which is important because electrics cars differ significantly from standard vehicles. Your local Honda dealer may have an electric car on the lot, and they will allow test drives. Once you have perused the selection on Honda's website and decided you like the vehicle, you can pre-order a Honda electric car.
5. What Are Costs Associated with Electric Cars?
Electric cars require nearly zero motor (engine) maintenance due to lack of an internal combustion engine and have no fuel costs. But it is important to know that batteries, which power the vehicle, must be replaced during the lifetime of the car. About every 100,000 miles, or on average every 5 to 7 years, a new battery needs to be purchased. This is a significant investment and should be calculated when comparing costs between EV and gasoline vehicles.
6. Isn't Using Electricity Just as Expensive and Wasteful?
Electric cars are considered "clean" or "green energy" because they don't burn fossil fuels. While electricity usually requires fossil-fuel power (although wind, water, and sun are more commonly taking its place) to generate, the particulates from burning gasoline do not accompany EV emissions. They are emissions-free in this sense, although the electricity they charge up with does sometimes require the use of fossil fuels. Overall, EV technology means cleaner air and if they converted half of the vehicles on the road to EV, air quality would improve dramatically in large urban areas.
7. Why Is It Taking So Long for Electric Vehicles to Reach Production?
Electric cars have a long history of appearing then disappearing from the market. Fickle markets and costs tied to start-up and prototype development drive the availability of quality EVs. Creating a new vehicle from scratch is a long, expensive process. Companies will only invest if they see a market with profit on the horizon. The success of Toyota's Prius (a hybrid gasoline-electric car) and Nissan Leaf (EV) have motivated major automobile manufacturers to get into the game, but the production process takes years. Consumers are used to high-quality cars and rushing to market can mean gaining a reputation for an EV lemon.
8. Who Buys Electronic Vehicles?
The Honda electric car, the Nissan Leaf, and various hybrid vehicles have been on the road for years. In the case of the Leaf and Prius, it has been over a decade of smooth operations. The Prius remains very popular, especially with urban drivers. Does a lot of city driving, and lives in an area where enough charging stations exist (typically, a population of 1 million or more). EV drivers gain perks they don't want to give up, like a quieter ride and never having to stop at a gas station. In a trade-off, they need to know where to charge up and have to remember to charge overnight.
How We Reviewed
We reviewed the following three automobiles based on five parameters: features, pros and cons, price, where to buy, and warranty. Each Honda EV vehicle made this list because it is comparable to the other, similar vehicles in these key categories. We've made a brief but comprehensive list which will help interested buyers distinguish between the three Honda electric car options available on the market today. Readers should not need any experience owning a Honda product to tell the difference.
Overall Price Range of the Top 3 Honda Electric Cars
Honda electric cars are comparable in price to their gasoline counterparts, but cost slightly more for the initial investment. This price difference is quickly recovered by owners due to lower maintenance costs for electric vehicles for engine-related issues and the absent cost of fuel. The Honda Clarity is one of the most affordable EV models to hit the market in the United States, and soon to come Honda Fit EV should be in the same general price range.
What We Reviewed
Honda Clarity Electric
- Honda Urban EV
- Honda Fit EV
The Clarity includes quick charging, so within 30-minutes the charge is 80% full. In addition, this vehicle boasts a comfortable interior and a roomy 14.3 cubic foot, split interior trunk. This Honda electric car includes Bluetooth for hands-free calls, excellent interior comfort, generous cup holders and convenient storage, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The dash shows information needed to gauge charging level and battery capacity. The Clarity includes heated seats and multi-USB power port as standard features. This sedan vehicle has a sporty look in both exterior and interior.
Where to Buy
The Honda Clarity comes with a standard warranty of 100,000 miles or eight years.
This vehicle is the classic subcompact, a 2-door hatchback meant for quick city trips. The Honda Civic takes after a hugely popular Honda model, the Honda Civic, and is in the planning stages to best the range offered in the Honda Clarity. As a Honda electric car, the Civic is the next model to hit the production line by Honda and will make its presence in the EV market known internationally. The Urban is being produced and marketed in Asian countries initially. It will be available 2019, but not sold inside the United States.
Where to Buy
The details of the Urban EV are not available, but it is expected that this Honda electric car will include a full 100,000-mile warranty (or 8 years) standard for these vehicles.
Key features of this fit are compact exterior with a remarkably roomy interior, affordability, and standard EV features. The Honda Fit is one of Honda's most successful vehicles, comparable in size and price with Toyota Yaris or Ford Fiesta, but considered superior in terms of handling, reliability, and features. The Fit has excellent interior room, multiple cup holders, convenient hatchback-style truck, seating that can be adjusted to haul large items, and terrific handling and quickness. The EV version keeps all the Fit's best traits, with an estimated range of 180 miles or more. Its nearest competitor on the market is the Nissan Leaf.
Where to Buy
The Fit will include the same warranty as other electric vehicles, 100,000 miles and several (up to 8) years.
Honda has three excellent EV models in various stages of production. While the popular Honda Fit dallied with EV between 2013-2015, that model was removed from the EV market to work on perfecting key features that make it more attractive. Customers who choose EV want to take the environmentally friendly road and therefore expect a range of 150 miles or more. Car manufacturers are working diligently to improve EV technology to meet customer demands. The Honda Clarity is the first model of the next generation of Honda electric car offerings, available to take home today for a few lucky west coast dwellers.