Honda Civic Fleet and Accelerated Reliability Testing – July 2005
A total of four Honda Civic hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) have entered fleet and accelerated reliability testing since May 2002 in two fleets in Arizona. Two of the vehicles were driven 25,000 miles each (fleet testing), and the other two were driven approximately 160,000 miles each (accelerated reliability testing). One HEV reached 161,000 miles in February 2005, and the other164,000 miles in April 2005. These two vehicles will have their fuel efficiencies retested on dynamometers (with and without air conditioning), and their batteries will be capacity tested.
Fact sheets and maintenance logs for these vehicles give detailed information such as miles driven, fuel economy, operations and maintenance requirements, operating costs, life-cycle costs, and any unique driving issues.
The four Civic HEVs were driven a total of 377,546 miles, and their cumulative average fuel economy was 37.6 miles per gallon.
During December 2003, the monthly fuel economy results were skewed as both remaining vehicles were out for repairs and few miles accumulated. However, one Civic was fueled during December, so the monthly miles-per-gallon was very low.