The Honda Fit electric vehicle is the most fuel-efficient production car in America. However, the 118 miles per gallon that it gets are not all green and kitten smiles; they are expensive and oftentimes not all that downright dirty.
Due to enter the market this summer in the left-leaning lands of Oregon and California, the small, four-door hatchback will do battle with the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Ford Focus, and the Nissan Leaf. Buyers will have to pay just about twice as much as what they’d pay for the gasoline-powered fit, which means that they’ll need to drive 13,000 miles a year for 11 years before realizing any savings they’d get from not purchasing gas. Many do not think that people, not even hemp-sandaled greenies, are dumb enough to fall for this particular shiny object. Talking about this, Geoff Pohanka, who runs a baker’s dozen worth of bad credit car dealerships in Maryland and Virginia, including a trio that sell the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt electric cars, said, “People are smart. They’re looking for the deal. Is somebody going to fork out $15,000 more for something that gets them less range than their car now? It’s not happening.”
Also, green cars are not always as environmentally friendly as their proponents like to believe. Depending upon where they are driven, an area where electricity comes from coal, nuclear plants, natural gas, wind or dams, fully electric cars can produce more greenhouse gas emissions than hybrids, or anywhere from 18 per cent to as much as 76 per cent less than gasoline-powered cars.