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Electric power fleet visit considered

BRITISH fleet operators could soon get the chance to find out more about making the switch to electric-powered transport. Honda UK is considering taking leading fleet managers to Switzerland to take part in the company's first European initiative to promote the use of electric vehicles.

The pilot programme, at Mendrisio, starts in December and is being backed by the Swiss Confederation. It will involve a total of 350 Honda EV Plus cars by 2001. As in California, where Honda's EV was introduced early this year, the Swiss pilot will include maintenance and assistance with monthly payments over three-year periods. The car uses advanced nickel metal hydride batteries, has a 66bhp output and torque comparable to that of a three-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine. It has a range of 200km.

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