Honda Throws Its Hat Into the EV Ring
The change in direction toward electric vehicles is still under way at Honda. The new CEO is more enthusiastic about them than his predecessor, and the first piece of evidence to support that will be the unveiling the of 2013 Honda Fit EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. It will be a 2013 model, but it should be available in the U.S. in 2012 if all goes according to plan.
The Fit EV concept uses the same 5-passenger layout found in the popular Fit hatchback. The electric motor is based on the one used in the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, top speed is 90 mph, and range is "estimated at 100-mile driving range per charge using the US EPA LA4* city cycle (70 miles when applying EPA's adjustment factor)."
Honda previously revealed that the Fit EV will have 3 driving modes to squeeze the most range or performance out of the batteries:
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 Fit EV will include several interactive coaching systems to assist the driver in maximizing battery range.