More Choice for EV Early-AdoptersThe Honda Fit EV, which was recently rated at an impressive 118 MPGe by the EPA, will soon be available for leasing in some parts of the U.S., namely Oregon and California. Then in 2013, availability will expand to six East Coast markets. The three-year lease will cost $389 per month and MSRP is $36,625 (though it is not yet available for sale).
"Based on the popular five-door, five-passenger Fit and Fit Sport, the 100-percent electric Fit EV features a 20-kilowatt-hour (kWh) Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery and a compact 92-kilowatt (123 horsepower) AC synchronous electric motor that generates 189 ft-lb of torque. This efficient powertrain is teamed to a chassis with a fully-independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode drive system adapted from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid. The result is a fun-to-drive EV with a class-leading EPA combined city/highway estimated driving range rating of 82-miles."
An onboard charger allows the vehicle to be plugged into any household-type 120-volt or available 240-volt AC power supply. When connected to a 240-volt circuit, the Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than three hours from a low charge indicator illumination point. When connected to an outlet, charging can be started or stopped with an included Fit EV interactive remote control (pictured above), through an available smartphone application, or through the internet on a personal computer.