Originally Posted by PeterH-87MH
Just the person , I would like to ask this question:
Why is Honda not making a 4 KW generator, since there is such an obvious need for it. I have installed and used the now no longer available RV gensets EV4010/EV6010 and loved the dependability.
Right now, Honda's solution for 4kw customers is a pair of EU2s. Honda has no firm plans to get back into the built-in/on-board genset business. For now, Honda will continue to concentrate on portable generators.
The EV-series generators have a pretty good reputation. The twin-cylinder water-cooled design was well engineered and has many fans. But, that core engine was designed decades ago, and faced three challenges: (1) Meeting emissions rules (2) Market (3) Tooling.
EPA emissions rules in the past 10 years have gotten tighter and tighter. It would have been an costly project to revamp the core engine in the EV models to meet the new rules. Worse, no RV manufacturer was buying it for OEM installation due to the high cost. So, the only real market was a small number of customers who wanted to re-power with a better quality unit that most OEM gensets. Finally, the tooling for the unit was in need of updating, and the cost vs. sales projections comparison was the final straw, and the EV models were discontinued.
Hope this fills in the blanks.