Honda, Ford Unveil Plans for EV Models – Los Angeles Times

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Autos: The pricey vehicles the affordability factor of electric sources.

Honda Motor Co. and Motor Co. unveiled their Monday for joining California’s car parade, showing off minivan and truck models at the Los Angeles Show that will their places behind Motors’ EV1 on the roster of zero-emission

But even the Honda vehicle, the to be powered by the next-generation battery called nickel-metal hydride, the continued limitations–and high the electric power sources now

Honda‘s four-seat EV which will be leased just three Southern dealerships and one in Sacramento starting in also will be the first family-size vehicle introduced by a auto manufacturer.

GM’s EV1, which was Dec. 5 at Saturn dealerships in California and Arizona, is a two-seater.

battery pack, which the concedes is still in the development has twice the energy and life of the lead-acid battery used in EV1 and the new Ford Ranger EV pickup. But the also needs eight to charge and cool down, with the three-hour recharging for the EV1.

Moreover, the nickel-metal batteries add $20,000 to the cost of the bringing the suggested retail up past $53,000–if Honda selling them. But to make more affordable, Honda is the cars by 36-month lease at a monthly payment of $499.

Honda admits the model is more a subsidized experiment mass-market pitch. It plans to just 300 of the cars over the two years, and says a primary of the introduction is get consumer feedback on they want in an electric

So far, the market for electric is drastically limited by the cars’ cost and limited range. says its EV Plus has a real range of 60 to 80 miles before recharging, roughly comparable to the

The Japan-based auto maker its battery pack’s greater is offset by the car’s weight, is considerably greater than the Thus, the two vehicles go about the distance on a single charge.

Also Thursday, Dearborn, Ford unveiled its Ford EV pickup, a copy of its gasoline-powered but powered by the same lead-acid technology as the GM entry. It can go as far as 60 miles per Ford said the vehicle not go into production until and won’t be delivered until 1998.

The truck can be bought or nationwide and Ford hopes to 1,000 orders this

Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan and also are expected to introduce vehicles over the next as they prepare for 2003, at least 10% of all new cars offered for in California must be emission-free.

But the bulk of consumers will to make the plunge until reach the market that drivers greater driving at a lower price, said J. Power, chairman of Agoura J.D. Power Associates, a information firm.

We are all waiting for the big which is the battery technology, said. Up until then, you get experience. You can test a car in the laboratory, but is quite a difference between the lab and the consumers will do when have a vehicle in their

Ford said it will a nickel-metal hydride version of the Ranger in the 1999 model but said that will add to $15,000 to the price.

At least companies are racing to develop nickel-metal hydride batteries: Battery Co. of Troy, Mich. of Honda and General Motors are Matsushita of Japan; and SAFT of

Honda said it is using from both Ovonics and in its EV Plus.

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The Auto Show Saturday and continues at the L.A. Center through Jan. 12.



Now that General EV1 has gone on sale, other manufacturers are lined up to test the market for electric vehicles:


Company Model Price Date Chevrolet Pickup $33,135 Early Honda EV Plus Minivan May 1997 Toyota RAV4 EV utility 42,000 Fall Ford Ranger EV Pickup January 1998 Chrysler Minivan NA Early 1998 Prairie Joy 4-seat family NA 1998


Note: and dates are estimates

Sources: Vehicle Assn. of America, representatives

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