Honda Fit EV now added to Zipcar’s car-sharing fleets in San Francisco

Article by Christian A., on September 19, 2012

There’s a new option available for California residents who want to drive an electric car. The Honda Fit EV has been added to Zipcar’s car-sharing fleets in San Francisco. Zipcar offers the Fit EV for rent for just $8 per hour, just like its other vehicles. Last April, Honda inked a deal to provide new cars to Zipcar such as the Insight hybrid and CR-V crossover.

With the addition of the Honda Fit EV in San Francisco, it furthers the goal of the two companies to add more low-emission vehicles to the car sharing fleet. Zipcar also aims to add the 2014 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid. In January 2011, Zipcar started to offer the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid to its fleets.

In a statement, Zipcar president Mark Norman said that adding the Honda Fit EVs into the Zipcar fleet enables its members to get behind the wheel of one of the most technologically-advanced vehicles on the road while minimizing the impact to the environment.

The Honda Fit EV is based on the regular Fit hatchback; however, its four-cylinder gasoline engine was replaced by an electric motor/generator with an output of 123 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque.

Instead of the gas tank, it is powered by a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery that allows for an 82-mile driving range for each battery charge. Honda said that it takes only three hours to get the battery fully charged by using a 240-volt charger. Even if customers can’t buy a Fit EV outright, the car is offered in California and Oregon with a three-year lease that has a monthly cost of $389.

New Honda Fit EV shares the same features with the gasoline-powered Fit and Fit Sport when it comes to engineering features and essential design. The only things that set it apart from the existing models are its unique styling cues and aerodynamic upgrades. It maximizes stiffness without giving unnecessary weight with its unit-body comprised of 56-percent high-strength steel.

Its overall length of 162.0-inch denies an extraordinary sum of interior space and its 98.4-inch wheelbase thrusts its wheels toward the ends of its body envelope which results to a remarkable blend of handling agility and the best ride quality. Its 58.5-inch front and 57.6-inch back track add stability and expand the room in its interior.

Its aerodynamic innovations include a revised and a much more efficient front end, lower fascia and grille area. The new rocker panels mark aggressive air-control shapes along the body sides and ahead of the wheels in the back as well. Deviations were also made in the lower fascia as well as in the rear spoiler to reduce further aerodynamic drag.

Chassis

This new version debuts a unit body of rigid steel which enables nimble handling, smooth ride and a feel that make the driver feel connected with the road for precise handling and easy body control. New and improved features are also set including the optimized MacPherson strut front suspension and a whole new rear multi-link system which replaced the previous H-shaped torsion rear beam suspension. Its new Li-Ion battery pack is also packaged underneath the floor, keeping up with Fit's remarkable interior space.

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