Little Red Honda

The State of Oregon's 2000 Honda Insight hybrid has been in its motor pool nearly all its life and now was 191,000 miles. The car required two expensive battery replacements, and its lifetime operating cost is $0.15 cpm for fuel and maintenance, said Brian King, fleet & parking services manager. It has an average MPG of 56.3.

Fleet retired the vehicle in 2013 but after fixing minor problems, it put it back in service because fans kept asking for it, King reported. Enthusiasm has declined in recent years due to its manual transmission, so it was again retired from the motor pool and is now used by fleet staff. "Some of the crew just can't let go of the little red Honda!" King said.


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