Honda To Test Solar Charging Of Fit EV On Marshall Islands

NOV 7 2015 BY MARK KANE 8

Ceremony to commemorate the start of demonstration testing

Ceremony to commemorate the start of demonstration testing

Honda, despite having all the assets to introduce compelling EVs, has been limited mostly to demonstration electric car projects – at least until a new 40 mile PHEV arrives in 2017.

One of the latest demos was launched in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, where a Honda Fit EV will be charged from Honda Power Charger (AC charging station), powered from solar array.

Introducing electric cars on all those island countries in the Pacific Ocean would be perfect, especially because of their dependence on imported energy.

“Starting at 11:00am local time today in Marshall Islands, a ceremony to commemorate the start of demonstration testing was held in front of the Marshall Islands government building. The ceremony included Christopher Loeak, the President of the Marshall Islands; the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan from the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Hideyuki Mitsuoka, and Fumihiko Ike, Chairman and Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

As with many other island countries in the Pacific Ocean, the Republic of the Marshall Islands is almost totally dependent on imports for its energy supply, and the effort to increase energy self-sufficiency and reduce energy costs including transportation costs have been challenges facing the country. Moreover, the Marshall Islands is susceptible to the effect of rising sea levels, therefore it is critical to address the issue of global warming through the reduction of the amount of CO2 emissions.

With a support from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry* Honda and Marshall Islands government will use Fit EV and Honda Power Charger and verify the possibility of widespread use of electric mobility products and installing of infrastructure for EV charging in Marshall Islands. Verification results are expected to lead to solving the issues facing the country such as energy independence.

*As a part of 2015 Fiscal Year Energy Supply and Demand Relaxation Type Infrastructure System Dissemination Promotion Business”

Comment of Fumihko Ike/Chairman, Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.:

“We are very honored that the Government of the Marshall Islands has chosen our EV and the battery charging system. We are also thankful to the Japanese government for the financial support in the implementation of this project. It is our earnest wish that this project becomes a huge success, and Honda is fully committed to cooperate and work together with the Government of the Marshall Islands towards attaining that goal and to make this project a global showcase.”

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Self contained systems are the best way for islands, especially in the tropics, to participate in the ev revolution.

Much cheaper and less polluting than bringing in diesel and gasoline.

Why did Honda pull the Fit EV? If it was available here, I would have leased one.

I suspect the cost of their batteries (lithium titanate) made them unprofitable.

Then go to LG and get them for $150 per kWh like GM and stay IN the game!

They didn’t “pull” the Fit EV – they made the 1100 they originally announced. Think Mini-E or Active E from BMW. They are essentially Honda Fleet Vehicles (the included insurance treats them that way) used for data collection.
They are offering a lease extension, but they still will not be available to purchase at the end of the lease.
P.S. – it is a great little car, but has it’s faults (no heat pump near the top of the list).

Oh, Fit EV is still a thing? 🙂

Kinda weird that one leading automaker is still in the “limited-lease research” while its competitors are launching Gen 1.5 and Gen 2 mass-market versions.

Lots of sunshine, tropical climate, solar power, and EVs.

A multi-partner marriage in paradise! 😀

What are they trying to “test?” That electricity goes into batteries? That electricity comes out of solar panels? Or the island’s patience?

These “studies” aren’t actually studying anything. They’re just stall tactics to prevent real work from being done. I wonder if the size of the committees in charge of these is arbitrarily large in an effort to prevent actual work from being done too.