2010 LA Auto Show: Honda Fit EV Concept previews an awesome electric car

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 18, 2010

At this year’s Paris Motor Show, Honda unveiled the 2011 Fit/Jazz Hybrid, but it appears that the Japanese manufacturer wants to take things even further and unveiled today at the 2010 LA Auto Show the Honda Fit EV Concept.

The concept uses a high-density motor, derived from the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle, and is capable to deliver an estimated range of 100 miles using the US EPA LA4 city cycle (70 miles when applying EPA's adjustment factor).

In addition, the range can be maximized using a 3-mode electric drive system, borrowed from the 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid. This means that the driver can select between Econ, Normal, and Sport. In Econ mode, the range car is increased by 17 percent compared to Normal driving mode, and up to 25 percent compared to driving in Sport mode.

Regarding the acceleration, Honda says that in Sport mode, the car can deliver the same acceleration as the same Fit equipped with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. The Fit EV also comes with several interactive coaching systems to assist the driver in maximizing battery range, while a special meter display advises the driver when to shut off air conditioning and other accessories to conserve battery power.

In order to manage the electric vehicle ownership experience, the new Fit EV offers a standard connectivity system that allows the driver to stay connected through a smartphone and personal computer.

Using this system, the owner will be able to remotely view the vehicle's state of charge, initiate charging and activate the air conditioning, even while connected to the grid, to reduce the drain on the battery at start-up.

The Fit EV will offer as standard the Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System that includes a public charging-station locator capability. According to Honda, the battery can be recharged in less than 12 hours when using a conventional 120-volt outlet, and less than six hours when using a 240-volt outlet. .

Press Release

Honda Fit EV Concept

The Fit EV Concept is designed to meet the daily driving needs of the average metropolitan commuter and utilizes the same 5-passenger layout found in the popular Fit hatchback. When the Honda Fit EV production model is introduced, it will be powered by a lithium-ion battery and coaxial electric motor.

The high-density motor, derived from the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle, delivers excellent efficiency and power while remaining quiet at high speeds. The Honda Fit EV will have a top speed of 90 mph.

The Honda Fit EV will achieve an estimated 100-mile driving range per charge using the US EPA LA4 city cycle (70 miles when applying EPA's adjustment factor). Driving range can be maximized by use of an innovative 3-mode electric drive system, adapted from the 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid. The system allows the driver to select between Econ, Normal, and Sport to instantly and seamlessly change the driving experience to maximize efficiency or improve acceleration. While in Econ mode, practical driving range can increase by as much as 17 percent, compared to driving in Normal mode, and up to 25 percent compared to driving in Sport mode. Acceleration improves significantly when in Sport mode, generating performance similar to a vehicle equipped with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine.

In addition to the 3-mode E-Drive system, the Honda Fit EV will include several interactive coaching systems to assist the driver in maximizing battery range.

A special meter display advises the driver when to shut off air conditioning and other accessories to conserve battery power.

To help the driver manage the electric vehicle ownership experience, the Honda Fit EV will have a standard connectivity system that allows the driver to stay connected through a smartphone and personal computer, or the Honda-exclusive interactive remote, while away from the vehicle. The pocket-friendly, interactive remote provides connectivity to the vehicle without the need for an internet connection or mobile phone signal. Through the connectivity system, drivers will be able to remotely view the vehicle's state of charge, initiate charging and activate the air conditioning, even while connected to the grid, to reduce the drain on the battery at start-up. The mobile application and website also offers the ability to set charging notifications and alerts to optimize utility rates, and provides 24-hour roadside assistance, along with a public charging station locator. The Honda Fit EV will come equipped with a standard Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System™ that includes a public charging-station locator capability.

The Honda Fit EV is designed to be easy and convenient to charge. Battery recharging can be accomplished in less than 12 hours when using a conventional 120-volt outlet, and less than six hours when using a 240-volt outlet.

The Honda Fit EV Concept displayed at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show features an exclusive Deep Clear Blue Pearl exterior color and distinctive five-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with blue inserts. The Concept has unique LED headlights, a chrome front fascia, aerodynamic bumper, clear LED taillights and EV decals. Inside, the Honda Fit EV Concept is outfitted in an eco-friendly gray bio-fabric on the seating surfaces.

Displayed alongside the Honda Fit EV Concept at the show is a prototype Honda charging stand. To begin charging, the driver swipes a card in front of the screen and then connects the charger to the vehicle. The Honda charging stand provides a glimpse at the future of an electric-charging infrastructure that is easy to use and intuitive for consumers.

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