Model S Roadtrip

Model S Roadtrip

Over Memorial Day weekend, I was l lucky enough to be offered a Tesla Model S P85 to take on a ~1,000 mile road trip. I have driven a P85 before, but never on an extended trip like this. While it wasn’t perfect, the experience was absolutely amazing. The day before my planned trip, a Tesla representative … Continue reading

Honda Stopping Production of Fit EV

Honda Stopping Production of Fit EV

Recently there’s been a lot of outrage online about Honda stopping production of the Honda Fit EV, despite the insane demand for the car. Honestly, I don’t understand why everyone’s so surprised. At the beginning of the program, Honda made it clear that they were only producing 1,100 Fit EVs and that they would only … Continue reading

Noisy Gearbox in Fit EV

Noisy Gearbox in Fit EV

In early June I started to notice my Fit EV making a new noise between about 15 and 30 mph. The noise was very faint and wouldn’t be audible if the car had an internal combustion engine. Check out the video below and see if you can detect the noise. I took Fit EV 48 … Continue reading

Honda Fit EV Lease Price Reduced

Honda Fit EV Lease Price Reduced

Tonight I got a wonderful email from Honda announcing that the Fit EV lease price has been reduced to $259/mo. I knew this was coming. Honda’s $389 lease couldn’t compete with the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Fiat 500e, and Chevy Spark EV all around $199/mo, even with its included collision insurance, roadside assistance, and … Continue reading

Honda Fit EV: First Service

Honda Fit EV: First Service

Last week, I took my Fit EV in to Honda of Escondido for my 7,500 mile service. Service for an EV is pretty minimal. This service was just a tire rotation and inspection (the next one will be too…) The whole thing took about an hour and was pretty painless. The service advisor mentioned that … Continue reading

An Update on Blink Network

An Update on Blink Network

A few months ago, I wrote a post on some issues I was having with overheating connectors on Ecotality’s Blink charging stations. Shortly after writing the post, Ecotality replaced the cordsets on many of the EVSEs I had complained about. Even with Honda’s software update, I can still feel a faulty connector get warm. However, … Continue reading

The Electric Generation

The Electric Generation

Originally posted on evchels:
  I’ve previously posted about how I’ve been helping the Edison Electric Institute (EEI -an association representing the shareholder-owned electric utilities in the US), plan and launch a community-oriented campaign to generate consumer interest about the benefits of plug-in vehicles and using electricity as a transportation fuel. Over the last several…

Honda Fit EV Battery Pack Replacement

Honda Fit EV Battery Pack Replacement

[continued from previous post] After learning that my car was, in fact, not ready to be picked up, I was told there was a problem with the battery leak detection circuit. The battery pack is hermetically sealed and it has sensors in it that activate if the battery leaks or if any external liquids enter … Continue reading