Honda Announces Fit EV Concept, Production for 2012


Remember how Honda was going to announce an electric vehicle at the L.A. Auto Show? Well they did. It is an EV version of the Fit, and while still a concept, Honda says production will begin in 2012.

The Honda Fit EV looks a whole lot like the regular Honda Fit, and that is neither a good nor bad thing. Put a regular Fit and an electric Fit next to each other, and you probably couldn’t tell the difference, save for a few interior additions like a battery gauge. Like the CR-Z, it gets three driving modes; Econ, Normal, and Sport. While Econ gives you more range, Sport gives more performance comparable to that of a 2.0 liter engine (i.e. not much!)

Under the hood though, the Fit EV is all electric. It uses the same motor found in the FCX Clairty fuel cell vehicle, and it has a supposed range of 100 miles and a top speed of 90 mph. Hmm, I wonder who their main competitor might be?

While still a concept, Honda seems sure they will be building the Fit EV by late 2012. In the next two years though, they should be able to get that range up to at least 150 miles.

While I was still hoping for an electric sports couple, the Fit EV makes plenty of sense too. Still, it would have been nice to see Honda be a bit more…bold.

Source: Honda

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  • 100 mile range with top speed of 90mph for an early start is excellent! I’ll buy this electric car as soon as it’s available. NO more new gasoline powered vehicles in our family!

  • ziv

    Not bad! It seems that it finally took Fukui getting fired to get Honda back on track. If they fired him in February of 2009, or promoted him out of the way, Honda may have been working on the Fit Electric since the middle of last year.
    The up to 150 miles range in 2 years is kind or reaching, though. The Leaf gets up to 138 miles, as well, but you have to drive at around 45 mph without the AC. But who knows, the battery pack equivalent of Moores Law may be 5% improvements in weight per kWh and 5% improvement in price per kWh every year.

  • Nice. Now let’s see if they can keep the price under $100,000.

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