A series of news stories have come out about Honda and their stance on PHEVs. You may have seen the posting on AutoBlogGreen about this: http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/10/23/honda-president-ceo-plug-in-hybrids-unnecessary-dont-reduc/ The gist of it is. . . Honda don't think PHEVs make sense. They think pure BEVs are the way to go. They even think that the internal combustion engine is "unnecessary" and offers "no real advantages" to a BEV. And. . . that's good, isn't it? You'd think Plug-In Partners, Plug-America, Set America Free, CalCars and all the other advocacy groups would be thrilled, right? Not so. CalCars felt compelled to send out an email about this. They feel Honda is using BEVs as a stalling tactic, in a similar vein as hydrogen fuel cells. I'm not quite that cynical, but I do think Honda are sending some seriously conflicted messages. Although they didn't exactly say so, I got the impression Honda see BEVs as something for tiny, slow, short-ranged "city cars", or punishment cars. They're not interested in PHEVs because they don't need an internal combustion engine to build a punishment car. Sure. . . If your goal is to produce a tiny, slow, short-ranged car, then an internal combustion range extender really is "unnecessary" and offers "no real advantages". As for the general-purpose, full-sized, fast, comfortable, mainstream cars. . . They're still banking on hydrogen fuel cells for that. I also suspect that Takeo Fukui may be suffering from Future Shock. He's still thinking of alt-fuel vehicles as something that will happen someday in the vague, unspecified future. He's still talking about BEVs happening after some new breakthrough in battery technology, somewhere out on the horizon. It hasn't sunk in that the batteries are here, and companies like GM, Toyota, Nissan, Renault, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Tesla, Th!nk, Miles, Aptera, Phoenix, ABY, Commuter Cars, UEV, Brammo and others are racing to market with them.