Originally Posted by gggplaya
There is absolutely no way the civic has a 20kWH battery, that would make it a FULL plug in hybrid and give the nissan leaf a run for the money, which has a 24kwH battery. There would be no reason to buy the leaf if you could get a civic with nearly the same range but still have a gas engine to back you up. Not to mention the giant cost of a 20kWH battery, which i don't see in the price tag of the civic.
Perhaps you are mistaken in your units. The motor can use 20KW peak but not be able to sustain it. Or perhaps it's a 20WH battery.
Honda has the lithium ion battery listed as 20 kW: http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-h...fications.aspx