Beginning July 20, 2012, Honda will allow a select number of Fit EVs to make it into the hands of the public. For the first time, the all-electric and zero emissions subcompact will be offered at dealerships but for lease only. At first, citizens of California and Oregon will have the opportunity to plant the highest EPA rated car in their driveways and soon after, six other east coast markets will follow suit.
Able to achieve 118 electric equivalent miles per gallon (MPGe), the Fit EV is based on the highly successful gasoline hatchback. Using a 20 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack paired to a 123 horsepower AC synchronous motor, the EV has an estimated driving range of 82 miles. A fully independent suspension, 3-way drive mode and 189 lb-ft of electric torque should add up to make the Fit EV slightly different from the rest in that it could very well be fun. With an onboard charging system, the Honda can be fully charged in about 3 hours if connected via a 240-volt circuit.
“No other automaker on the planet is more deeply committed to produce and deliver more energy-efficient and sustainable transportation solutions than Honda,” said Steven Center, vice president of the American Honda Environmental Business Development Office. “The 2013 Honda Fit EV is the latest example of this commitment.” The 2013 Fit EV will be available to lease for three years at a monthly payment of $389 per. That adds up to a total MSRP of $36,625.
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