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.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.