Honda EV Plus

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Honda EV Plus
1997-1999 Honda EV Plus 02.jpg
about 300 produced
ClassBattery electric vehicle
Wheelbase99.6 in (2.53 m)
Length159.3 in (4.05 m)
Width68.9 in (1.75 m)
Height64.2 in (1.63 m)
Curb weight1630 kg (3590 lb)
ManualsService Manual

The Honda EV Plus was the first battery electric vehicle from a major automaker with non lead acid batteries. About 340 or so EV Plus models were produced and released. The EV Plus was taken out of production in 1999 when Honda announced the release of its first hybrid electric vehicle, the Honda Insight. The EV Plus was made to meet California Air Resources Board requirements for zero-emission vehicles, the same as General Motors' new EV1, and to serve as a test bed for the pancake-style motor later used in Honda hybrids.

The EV Plus featured on-board conductive charging with the Avcon connector, passive battery balancing, regenerative braking, AC/heat-pump climate control, HID headlights, 4 seats, and electrically heated windshield. As with virtually all vehicles, range was affected by driving style: rapid acceleration, high speeds, and fast stops lowered the range. Careful driving would give it a range of over 100 miles (160 km). The EV came with a 12 V battery for running normal 12 volt accessories.

EV Plus Specs

  • Track Front/Rear: 59.1 in/58.7 in (1.50 m/1.49 m)
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Occupants: Four
  • Voltage: 288 V
  • Motor: DC Brushless
  • Power: 49 kW (66 hp)
  • Battery (24) 12 V NiMH
  • Charger: On-board Conductive
  • Recharge: 6 hours
  • Acceleration: 4.9 s (0-30 mph)
  • Maximum Speed: 80+ mph (130 km/h)
  • Range: 100 miles or 160 km (80% discharge). Up to 120 miles (190 km) range under ideal conditions.
  • Lease Cost: $455/mo for 36 mo.

The EV Plus was listed with an MSRP of $53,000, but Honda never allowed them to be sold, instead offering the cars on a 3-year, lease-only program. Honda allowed some customers to extend their EV Plus lease for a few years. At the end of the leases, all EV Plus cars were taken back by Honda and decommissioned.

Vehicles also featured:

  • CD player
  • Power windows
  • Power door locks
  • Air conditioning
  • Electrically heated windshield

At the end of the lease program all Honda EV Plus models were taken back and most were crushed and shredded into pieces. The chassis for the EV Plus was used as the base for some of Honda's hydrogen fuel cell car prototypes.

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