Honda hybrids prove longevity despite daily use - a CR-Z hits 100,000 miles

Article by Anita Panait, on May 9, 2013

A 2010 Honda CR-Z hybrid has managed to run 100,000 miles in just three years. The vehicle is part of a ten-vehicle fleet comprised of Honda hybrids. The fleet, which also includes Jazz and Insight models, has clocked around half a million miles since 2010. The cars are used on a daily basis. The fleet is owned and operated by Renewable Solutions UK, which designs and installs Renewable Energy Systems for business and domestic customers.

Mike Lowes, Managing Director of Renewable Solutions UK, remarked that Honda hybrids are a perfect fit for their business, mainly due the efficiency of battery power and the many environmental and financial benefits they bring. He remarked that while the fleet is worked very hard every day, they only had to pay for standard servicing and wear and tear costs, and experienced no major breakdowns.

Renewable Solutions UK built its hybrid fleet over the last three years, acquiring the vehicles from Greenacre Honda in Blackburn. Lowes noted that the fact that the company remains with Honda is testament to the trust they have in the brand.

He described Honda hybrids as a reliable, no-compromise solution to their needs, notwithstanding that Greenacre Honda provided them with great customer service and value for money. Lee Wheeler, Manager of Corporate Operations at Honda (UK), remarked that it is always great to hear directly from hybrid car customers who are seeing the strong benefits they deliver to fleets, even at mileages higher than typically seen with hybrid cars.

Lee Wheeler, Manager of Corporate Operations at Honda (UK) comments: “We know that there are plenty of Honda hybrids out there racking up the miles, but it’s always great to hear directly from customers who are seeing the strong benefits they deliver to fleets, even at mileages higher than usually seen with hybrid cars."

Honda is at it again. It has found ways to further improve the CRZ-Z hybrid by zeroing in on something quite basic: performance and style.

The rejuvenated Honda CR-Z, set for release in January 2013, is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that has seen some tinkering in its Engine Control Unit (ECU) and its variable valve timing system. The Honda CR-Z now boasts of increased power (from 14 PS to 20 PS) brought about by a shift to Lithium Ion battery from the previous Nickel-metal hybrid(Ni-MH).

It also comes with a Plus Sport (S+) boost system, crankshaft material upgrade and an anti-vibration knock sensor, plus 17-inch alloy wheels that fill the GT model’s wheel arches. All these plus the improvement in the electric motor system have further boosted the peak power output of the Honda CR-Z to 121 PS, a 7 PS increase. All these result in improved performance for the Honda CR-Z.

Honda CR-Z, as mentioned, also showcases upgrades in its style and look. The CR-Z has a new front bumper that surrounds the grille as well as upgraded door casings that have led to bigger storage space in the cabin area. It also comes with a diffuser design in the rear of the car that aids in the CR-Z’s aerodynamics. The inside of the CR-Z is now adorned by a new colour scheme, and further adding to the style upgrade are two new colours for the Honda CR-Z’s stylish exterior, Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet.

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Honda CR-Z Hits 100,000 Miles Without Skipping a Beat

A 2010 Honda CR-Z has hit the impressive landmark of clocking up 100,000 miles in just three years.

The car is part of a ten-strong fleet made up purely of Honda Hybrids, also including Jazz and Insight models, which has racked up an amazing half a million miles since 2010.

The fleet is owned and run by Renewable Solutions UK, national award-winning designers and installers of Renewable Energy Systems for business and domestic customers.

With the cars used on a daily basis in its work up and down the country, Mike Lowes, Managing Director of Renewable Solutions UK comments: "Honda hybrids are a perfect fit for our business, with the efficiency of battery power and the many environmental and financial benefits this brings. The fleet has worked very hard, every day, for both short and long journeys, but we've only ever had to pay for standard servicing and wear and tear costs, and no major breakdowns. They just keep going without skipping a beat!"

The fleet has been built up over the last three years with all of the cars bought from Greenacre Honda in Blackburn. Mike Lowes continues: "We have complete free rein in what we buy and where we buy it from, so the fact that we stick with Honda is testament to the trust we have in the brand. Honda hybrids are a reliable, no-compromise solution to our needs, and Greenacre have offered us great customer service and value for money."

Renewable Solutions UK offers a complete range of Sustainable Energy Systems to domestic, commercial and agricultural clients. The company installs Wind Turbines, Solar Panels, Biomass boilers and Heat pumps. Working across the country and internationally, it offers a range of tariffs, grants and funding solutions to clients.

Honda (UK)'s range of petrol-electric hybrids, which currently includes the CR-Z, Insight and Jazz models, are an ideal solution for fleet customers, with their excellent environmental credentials and many financial benefits including fuel cost savings, zero road tax, congestion charge exemption and low company car tax rates.

The CR-Z is the world's first sporty hybrid coupe, delivering a combined 56.5 mpg with CO2 emissions of just 116 g/km. Sleek and stylish it features three driving modes and a six speed manual gearbox.

Topics: honda, honda cr-z, hybrid

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