Annual sales figures for the Honda EV Plus in the US.
The EV Plus was introduced around the same time General Motors launched the EV1 in 1997, and the similarities don’t stop there. These electric cars were developed to meet the requirements of the California Air Resources Board for major automakers to produce zero-emission vehicles in order to be able to continue selling gasoline-powered vehicles in the state. Both the EV Plus and the EV1 were only available for lease and not for sale, and almost all were taken back by the manufacturer at the end of their leases to be crushed.
The major difference between the two vehicles is in the battery: while the GM EV1 used “old-fashioned” lead-acid batteries, the Honda EV Plus was equipped with the same type of Nickel–metal hydride battery (NiMH) that the brand would later use in its hybrid line-up. The Nissan Altra EV, which was introduced one year later, would be the first production electric car equipped with the third generation batteries: lithium-ion (li-ion).
Production of the EV Plus ended in 1999 after just 340 units when Honda introduced the first generation Insight hybrid. A few EV Plus chassis were re-used as a base for prototypes of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which would lead to the Honda FCX Clarity in 2002.
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