I am Colby Trudeau. I am an electrical engineer and EV advocate, who now drives a Honda Fit EV. Follow me as I spend the next three years living with the Honda Fit EV as my only car. Or look back at my previous posts as I searched for my ideal EV and learn why I decided on the Fit EV.



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  1. Hi Colby, on an older blog entry you commented on the secondary market for EV’s. Do you have any current comments for those who dwell in apartments and can’t afford a brand new EV?

    • Early LEAF and Volt leases began late 2010, so we will start to see many of those expire at the end of the year and we’ll have a healthy used market. There are also a few EVs (Fiat 500e and Nissan LEAF) that lease for $200/mo (with down payment), which is pretty affordable when you factor in gas savings too. Charging in apartments and condos can be a challenge. I live in a condo and I am fortunate enough to be able to charge at work. Each situation is different, but some are able to run an extension cord out to their car or have an outlet nearby that they are allowed to use. I think we will start seeing more EV charging popping up at Condos as an incentive to get people to move in to that complex. The most convenient way to charge your EV is at night while you sleep and if you can’t charge at home, you don’t get to leave with a “full tank” every morning. I’ve been doing this since August and while it’s definitely doable and I have never run out of juice, it’s not ideal. If you have time, here’s a loooong video that Plug In America did on EV charging in multifamily housing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79ShT3YUVVA

  2. I find myself in a bit of a predicament. I found myself a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid with only 38000 miles on it. At 42000 miles, the IMA light went on, brought it to the Honda dealer, and they quoted me 3000 for a new battery. I decided that I would take the car back and see if I can find anything cheaper. By the next day of driving it around, everything started back up! At this point while it was still working I knew I should get a warranty that would cover the hybrid battery, so I paid 1250 for a 2 year warranty. Now the hybrid battery is working, but no where near where it should be. I suspect they did the software update with out my approval.

    So this is where I am stuck. Do I take it to a mechanic with out the IMA light on and see if the warranty will cover it? This will clearly cause a lot of suspicion from the warranty administrator, they would clearly suspect that I noticed the battery failing awhile ago and now am trying to see if they will pay for a new battery.

    The most preferred option would be to have the IMA light come back on. But if the warranty starts digging around I dont want them to see that the car was in for this issue before, what can I do to avoid that? Is there any way to get the IMA light back on?

    The ability to get my money back from the warranty in full ends in about 10 days. Do you think that a new battery will add to the resale value of the vehicle above the 1250 that I paid for the warranty?

    I know that’s a lot. Thanks for all of your help!

  3. i got a 07 civic hybrid. Got it used from a lady. She got it from CarMax with 49K . I bought thr car at about 160,000 it now at 168,000 .Had it about 3 months and the IMA and check engine light comes on . I called Honda they said i have no warranty and now i’m reading these blogs about it dont matter so long as the IMA and check engine light is on. My codes are 61-1 ABS Battaery Voltage Malfunction also P0A7F Hybird battary pack Deterioration. Iam un-sure if i should keep driving it or not. This is my everyday car to get back and forth to work. I very upset about , I can get a used one but i was also told has to be done correctly , because it takes two people and enough current to kill both people if done wrong. Just drive it til dies and dont work or what. The charge in white all lights up the assit bars show and green bars also show. The car still comes to a auto stop and starts . Do you got any advise.

    • Brenda, you can still drive the car without the battery or hybrid motor working. It will just be at about 90 HP which is pretty slow. So getting a new battery isn’t required. I picked one up from GreenTech and my mechanic installed it for under an hours worth of work. It was pricey but should be a one time cost.

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