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Honda Fit EV Now Available On East Coast Too

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2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012

2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012

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A select few drivers on the U.S. West Coast have already been enjoying Honda's token contribution to the electric car market, the Fit EV.

Now their counterparts in some East Coast markets will be able to lease the small EV too.

Drivers in California and Oregon have had access to the 118 MPGe, 82-mile Fit EV for several months, though the model is lease-only, at $389 per month.

Honda even asks you to take an 'EV readiness assessment' to see if your situation is suitable for running an electric car.

2013 Honda Fit EV first drive video

Like several other limited-run electric cars sold on the West Coast and some East Coast markets, the Honda Fit EV finds itself on our list of 'compliance cars'

These are vehicles sold solely to meet the minimum standards of California's electric vehicle sales requirements. There'll only be 1,100 Fit EVs made, and all will be leased in a handful of markets.

Honda reported last year that the six East Coast states getting the Fit EV include Boston, New York, Hartford, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

And when we quizzed the company during our first drive of the Fit EV, they responded that even high demand for the car wouldn't encourage Honda to produce more.

That's a pity, as the Fit is already a great little car, enhanced by fun electric power and some neat styling and interior enhancements.

So save for those in a few markets on each side of the country, you'll probably not get the opportunity to drive one yourself.

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Comments (4)
  1. Another big "DUH" for Honda to limit production of this obviously attractive electric sedan. The gas/transmission drives of the 20th Century are dinosaurs and will soon die out. Viva la Volts!
     
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  2. Shame it's a compliance car only for lease. I read that to mean there is no buy option at the end of the lease period. I plan to lease an EV in the not too distant future, but if I am still comfortable with it at the end of the lease, I want to be able to buy it outright. With no "buy" option at the end of the lease, it isn't worth very much at all to me.
     
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  3. Why wouldn't Honda give customers what they want? Really?

    Cars with big batteries and plugs are the future - with or without range extenders; depending on your needs.

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  4. Sorry Honda, but you lost my business when you said "lease only". Too many bad EV-1 memories.
     
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