2013 2013 Honda Fit EV review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 21 November 2011 , 10:11:20 byVeronica

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2013 Honda Fit EV

The 2013 Honda Fit EV is scheduled for launch in the summer of 2012, having its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The car model finds its basis on the well-known Fit hatchback, being part of the carmaker's diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles, one that incorporates natural gas-powered models, fuel cell-electric, plug-in hybrid, as well as gasoline-electric hybrid. The Fit EV is planned to be leased on select markets from California and Oregon next summer, then expanding to six East Coast markets at the beginning of 2013. Market acceptance will be carefully monitored by Honda, which released an estimated price at $36,625, with a lease of $399 per month. John Mendel, executive vice president of sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc, stated that the Fit EV represented the next critical step in Honda's portfolio approach to alternative fueled vehicles, adding that there was no other carmaker on the planet which showed such a great spirit in realizing a cleaner, more energy-efficient and ultimately more sustainable transportation future than Honda. Offering an estimated driving range of 123 miles on a single charge when using the US EPA city cycle test, the Honda Fit EV successfully meets the needs of an ordinary urban commuter. Its power will be delivered by a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 92 kilowatt coaxial electric motor, while the Fit EV's fun to drive nature is enhanced by the acceleration which considerably improves in Sport mode. Besides the three-mode driving system, the other impressive features of the Fit EV comprise driving assistance in maximizing battery performance and driving range. The exclusive color of the car at launch will be Reflection Blue Pearl, being also highly distinguishable on the road, due to the EV badges on the rear hatch together with decals on the side. Its familiar chrome fascia is similar to other Honda environmentally-responsible vehicles, such as the Insight hybrid and the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle. The refined interior shows the seating surfaces covered with bio-fabric and the cabin is spacious and functional. Honda is famous all over the world for its efforts of developing technologies that reduce the CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency, occupying the leader position in the list of America's greenest vehicles, from the America Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), for eleven consecutive years.