Honda To Revive The Fit Electric With 186 Miles Of Range & Sub-$20,000 Price
May 25th, 2018  Kyle Field

Honda Fit EV at Google batteries

A new partnership between Honda Motor and Chinese battery conglomerate
Contemporary Amperex Technology (aka CATL) to develop a next-generation
electric vehicle for the motor company with at least 300 kilometers (186
miles) of range*. The car would hit the market at just over $18,000.

The holistic partnership includes on-vehicle battery and supporting hardware
development, electric vehicle performance testing, production technology,
and battery specifications, per the Nikkei Asian Review.

The vehicle will be based on Honda’s Fit, which was also cannibalized for
the limited release Honda Fit EV. Honda is looking to sell more than 100,000
of the new vehicles per year, which would make the new electric vehicle the
brand’s highest volume electric vehicle. The vehicle will be introduced in
China and other global markets in the first two quarters of 2020. *That
being said, the 300 kilometer (186 mile) range is likely not an EPA-rated
range estimate but an estimate based on the Chinese system, which is much
more “generous” (read: inaccurate). What the real-world range would be is a
bit nebulous at this point in time.

Honda had historically been focused on developing its fuel cell vehicle
options, such as with the early introduction of its Honda FCX Clarity from
2008–2014. The Clarity mark later evolved into a umbrella for all of Honda’s
alternative fuel vehicles ...

The new partnership forms the foundation of a larger play by Honda to ramp
up its presence ...

CATL’s push into electric vehicle battery supply is being driven largely by
a push from Beijing and is now on track to ship more automotive batteries
than any other manufacturer, holding 19% of the market share. Fueled by the
booming domestic plug-in vehicle market in China, CATL is adding significant
production capacity with a target of 50 gigawatt-hours per year by the end
of 2020.

The new partnership between Honda and CATL comes on the heels of the Chinese
government’s approval of CATL’s IPO last month. For much more news on the
company, check out our CATL archives. And check out our Honda archives if
that’s what interests you.
Source: Nikkei Asian Review

Solaris delivers 10 Urbino electric buses to Milan; 15 more on order
23 May 2018 ... the total number of Solaris vehicles in Italy is 22. ... 
240 kWh battery packs which can be recharged via an on-board, 70 kW charger
... seats for 26 passengers, 14 of them available from the low floor. The
buses are also equipped with efficient air conditioning ...

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