Honda Unveils Glorified Golf Cart: the MC-beta EV

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The Honda MC-beta EV is unbelievably practical, at least when it’s not raining.

Honda MC-beta Micro-Sized EV

Honda just unveiled their newest fully-electric model, and it really makes us wish that America was more susceptible to unconventional, innovative designs. The Honda MC-beta is a micro-sized EV that looks more like a glorified golf cart, but its small size makes it unbelievably practical.

Although the exact capacity of the lithium-ion battery has not been announced, Honda has said that when it’s fully charged, the MC-beta EV is capable of traveling up to 50 miles. As the EV is so compact, it receives its power from a motor rated at 6kW which has a maximum output of 11kW. It puts the top speed of the MC-beta right around 43 mph, which is more than enough for running errands or a short commute through the city. Continue reading

The Best Battery for Your Hybrid or EV

Advantages of Lithium-Ion Batteries

These are the electric drive components of the Honda FCX Clarity. The lithium-ion battery is pictured on the left.

These are the electric drive components of the Honda FCX Clarity. The lithium-ion battery, pictured on the left, looks and works much different than a common lead acid battery.

If you’ve ever read anything about hybrids or fully electric vehicles, you’ve probably come across the term “lithium-ion battery.” If you’ve been reading the Benson Honda blog, you would know that this is the battery that serves as a power source in the majority of Honda hybrid and electric-only models. Out of the available car batteries, it’s the lithium-ion which tops the list benefit-wise, so let’s take a look at the advantages of lithium-ion batteries. Continue reading

Tips for Buying an EV Home Charging Station

Best EVSE for 2014 Accord Plug-in

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The Level 2 240-volt EVSE from Leviton is capable of providing the Plug-in with full power in an hour.

We recently told you about the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. The hybrid is capable of class-winning 50 mpg without ever needing to be plugged in. However, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in has a heavier reliance on electricity which requires that the battery is plugged in and recharged. This is a turn off for most people, but hold on for a second, the 124 city and 105 highway MPGe ratings may change your mind about this sedan. Those numbers become even more appealing when you find out how easy it is to charge the Accord Plug-in. We have 29 EV charging stations around San Antonio, but home charging stations are also available. There are a variety of stations available so let’s go over a few things that you should know before you buy a home charging station, called Electric Vehicle Service Equipment, or EVSE.

When the Accord Plug-in is plugged into a 240-volt charger, it’s capable of giving the Accord Plug-in a full charge in less than an hour. That is with a Level 2 charger from Leviton, the company Honda has chosen as the preferred supplier and installer of home charging stations. The company obtains all required permits from your local municipality before installation to keep you from having to do the work. This makes it one of the best EVSE for the 2014 Accord Plug-in. Continue reading

2014 Honda Fit is Reigning Champ in Battle against 2014 Ford Focus Electric

2014 Honda Fit vs 2014 Ford Focus Electric

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The Honda Fit offers three driving modes allowing you to decide how it drives.

Fully electric cars may not be too popular at the moment, but they really are the way of the future. If you have been thinking about making the move to a gasless car, finding one that suits you can be difficult. Benson Honda in San Antonio doesn’t think so. We have decided to throw the 2014 Honda Fit in the ring with 2014 Ford Focus Electric to show you just how superior Honda is. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 2014 Honda Fit vs 2014 Ford Focus Electric.

We’ll start off first by giving you the information that is really important when it comes to buying electric. Just how far can an electric car travel on one charge? The 2014 Ford Focus Electric has a combined MPGe of 110. The 2014 Honda Fit combined MPGe of 118 delivers the first solid jab. Continue reading

Honda EV-STER continues to attract attention

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The Honda concept vehicle, the EV-STER continues to turn heads at the Chicago Auto Show

Since making its world debut at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2011, the Honda EV-STER has been making itself into quite the world traveler. Most recently EV-STER has shown up at the Chicago Auto Show and is still the eye-catcher it was two years ago. You can always tell which models of vehicles people are the most interested in, because those are the ones that are separated from the crowd by some kind of barrier. While it is likely that some of the innovative features of the EV-STER will not make it into the possible production version, some already are common place. Continue reading

Honda Joins Industry Leaders To Make For More Efficient EV Charging

Honda Joins Industry Leaders To Make For More Efficient EV Charging

Honda Joins Industry Leaders To Make For More Efficient EV Charging

Benson Honda, the leading Honda dealer in San Antonio, is excited about American Honda’s most recent announcement, re-solidifying their commitment to alternative energies and consumers changing preferences. Continue reading