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. .