Some of us still remember the 2014 Honda Fit EV which was available to lease in California and had an EPA range of 82 miles (132 km) powered by a Toshiba battery. The American version didn’t have ChaDeMo fast charging capability, but the Japanese version did.
Back then, it was a good electric car with better range and efficiency than the Nissan Leaf. Unfortunately Honda didn’t push EVs and the Honda Fit EV was discontinued.
The good news is that now, Honda is teaming up with the Chinese giant battery cell maker CATL to bring the electric Honda Fit back with 300 km (186 miles) range and a price of 2 million yen (15.509 €) in 2020.
Anyway, many things can happen in two years and I’m sure that Nissan will have more affordable electric cars by then. Since 2016 Nissan is considering the introduction of an electric supermini to sit under the Leaf.
Furthermore, Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance recently said that 300 km range is enough for electric cars, now the goal is to make them affordable. Therefore it’s not surprising that now Honda is saying that it’ll sell an electric car model with 300 km range for 15.500 euros…
I completely agree with Ghosn, because currently the only solution to buy real affordable electric cars is the used car market.
Which automaker do you think will be the first to achieve Ghosn’s goal of selling an affordable (below 20.000 €) electric car model with 300 km range?