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First Honda Fit EV Delivered To California City Fleet

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2012 Honda Fit EV

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While carmakers like Nissan, Tesla and Renault go on the electric car offensive, Honda has been somewhat candid about its electric car plans.

The 2013 Honda Fit EV makes the odd subtle appearance at international auto shows, but the company is certainly less than bullish about its electric vehicle program.

Until now, that is. The company has announced the first deliveries of its Fit EV, to the city of Torrance, California.

The presentation of the first 2013 Honda Fit EV is one of the first steps in the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program, a trial to prepare for the eventual retail market launch of the Fit EV in California and Oregon this summer.

As well as the Fit, the city of Torrance will also receive a Honda plug-in hybrid at a later date. Honda will use the trials to gather feedback, improving its future electric car program.

Honda's Fit EV has a claimed 123-mile city range, with an adjusted, combined rating of 76 miles. In place of the regular gasoline drivetrain is a 92 kW (123 horsepower) electric motor, and a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged in as little as 3 hours from a 240-volt system.

Externally, the Fit EV differs little from its regular counterpart, save for a grille block at the front and the more obvious EV color-scheme.

Honda and the city of Torrance see the partnership as a way to prepare for a more sustainable future.

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Comments (5)
  1. Now, that is a shocker; good for Honda. They managed to get the charge time down from the acclaimed 16 hours to three, and the car does not look like a clown car neither. If they can do it, why can't others?
     
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  2. I think you accidentallied a number. 16 hours? What EV charges in 16 hours on 240V? If you are referring to the Leaf, that would be 6 hours, not 16.
     
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  3. Enigmatic proposition. It's reviewed as one of the best offerings in the business, yet it's offered as a lease only very low volume vehicle that only seems to exist to meet Californian emission standards. The fact that Honda doesn't come near fully exploiting the fast charge possibilities of the lithium titanate battery is another indication that Honda is holding back on this car.
     
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  4. I agree that Honda needs to build this car is quantity and sell it everywhere. By all accounts they have done things better than most of the other EV's. There are a few subtle aerodynamic tweaks other than just the grill block -- there are small wheel strakes, and the crisp edge forming a Kamm back, and a smooth bottom. They are getting more range from a smaller pack than the Leaf. The Fit is perfect for me and my family.

    C'mon Honda -- build it and sell it everywhere!

    Neil
     
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  5. does anyone know of someone who has converted a Honda fit, I would think its the perfect car for it. But of course I'm bias. How about converting it too natural gas. If I had it my way if I can get enough money together I take a roadtrip just to test drive the EV fit, BTW I live in ohio. We have the leaf,and the volt here, but no fit. Come On Honda get movin, we had these things running around in the 1930, your gonna tell me we cant do this in Ohio, I know the argument it to cold b.s. It would be my daily driver, just my out for a quicky. GO EV FIT to Ohio.
     
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