First and foremost in many peoples’ minds is; how far can it go? Honda estimates that the FIt EV will have a city driving range of 123 miles using the EPA test system. Honda goes on to say that the combined highway/city driving range of the Fit EV will be in the 76-mile area, about the same as the Nissan LEAF.
Power comes from a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 92 kWh electric motor, the same electric motor found in Honda’s fuel-cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity. Honda utilized numerous techniques to maximize milage, including a battery management system that allows drivers to turn on/shut off certain systems. high-strength, lightweight steel helps keep weight down, and aerodynamics play a key role in getting the most miles out of the Honda Fit EV.
That is all well and good…but what will it cost? When the Honda Fit EV goes on “sale” next summer, it will actually only be avaiable for lease, in California and Oregon, for $399 a month. When it is actually for sale, it will cost $36,625 before tax credits. An onboard 6.6 kW charger will allow the Fit EV to be recharged from empty in as little as 3 hours from a 240 volt Level 2 charger.
All in all, the Fit EV seems to fit neatly into the emerging EV segment. Not a game changer, but not a “fail” either, and the more electric vehicle options Americans have, the better I say.