The all-new 2013 Fit EV, which is on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, will start to be leased to its U.S. customers in California and Oregon in the summer of 2012. The 2013 Fit EV offers a range of 123 city miles per charge (76 mile range combined adjusted city/highway) and is a 1 battery electric commuter vehicle.
Based on the Fit hatchback, the Fit EV is a part of the company's diverse lineup of alternative fuel vehicles such as the gasoline-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell-electric and natural gas-powered models. This model will start to be leased to six East Coast markets in early 2013.
Fit EV has a MSRP of $36,625 and its lease price is estimated to be $399 a month. Honda will be tracking how the market accepts its product but it anticipates that this early, production volume will be around 1,100 Fit EV's over the next three years. Customers who want to lease a Fit EV are asked to sign up at FitEV.Honda.com where they can get more details.
This model is aimed at meeting the needs of an average urban commuter. Using the US EPA city cycle test methods, it was determined that it provides an estimated driving range of 123-miles on a single charge. Honda expects a combined city/highway EV range of 76 miles on the new Fuel Economy labels.
Powering the Fit EV is a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 92 kilowatt coaxial electric motor. Its high density electric motor is derived from the motor that the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle uses. It offers outstanding efficiency and power while staying silent at high speeds. The driving range of the Fit EV could be optimized by using several innovative features, such as a 3- mode electric drive system borrowed from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid.
This system gives the driver the option to choose between Econ, Normal and Sport to immediately and smoothly change the driving experience to maximize efficiency or improve acceleration. In Econ mode, practical driving range can rise by up to 17% compared to driving in Normal mode. In Sport mode, its acceleration improves significantly, enhancing its fun to drive nature.
The very endearing Honda Fit EV has met manufacturing and design standards comparable to those of the Honda Fit and Fit Sport variants. But then, the EV’s styling techniques and improved aerodynamics have made it a little bit different than the rest.
Here’s why; most of Honda Fit EV’s bodyframe consists of high-strength steel with maximum stiffness. In spite of these, the body remains significantly more lightweight than the other models.
In fact, the vFit EV’s compact size of just 162.0-inches (overall length) can still deliver adequate room for its interiors. The wheelbase on the other hand measures about 98.4-inches for improved handling agility and ride quality. All things considered, the 57.6-inch rear track and 58.5-inch front track delivers more space inside and better cornering stability.
Honda Fit EV’s aerodynamic system consists of redeveloped lower fascia and rear spoiler to reduce the coefficient of drag. In short, the redesigned grille section and new front-end design also contribute to the car’s aerodynamic efficiency. Likewise, the cooling ducts on the sides also deliver powerful air control behind the rear and front wheels.
Fit EV also owes its agility to the high-strength steel bodyframe. This compact car enables the driver to experience excellent handling and superior control. Aside from the enhanced MacPherson strut front suspension; Honda has also replaced the usual H-Shaped torsion beam with the new rear multi-link suspension system.
The EV’s braking system is made of electrically powered ventilated discs and rear drums, with each measuring 11.1 inches and 8.7 inches respectively. During coasting or braking, the lithium battery pack is also recharged through the new electric servo braking system. The Honda Fit comes with the standard Electric Power Steering or EPS. Just like most EVs today, the lithium ion battery is placed under the floor to create more space for its interiors.