Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Honda Fit EV Features and Specs

Honda unveiled the all-new 2013 Fit EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show, featuring cutting-edge technology like a 20kWh lithium-ion battery, three driving modes and a smart phone app to keep tabs on your battery’s state of charge.

The standard Fit uses an economical 1.5-liter gasoline engine. Aside from some modifications to the dash and a special bio-fabric, the Fit EV is almost identical to a standard Fit on the interior. Honda removed the gasoline power train, replacing it with lithium ion batteries and an electric motor.

The 20 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery is packaged under the floor reducing cargo space. The battery gives the car a range of 123 miles but the EPA-rated range to come in at 76 miles.

Honda includes a robust, 32 amp onboard charger, which can fill the battery in under 3 hours from a 240-volt outlet(Level 2 EVSE). Charging from a 110-volt outlet should take from 6 to 8 hours.

With a navigation and a telematics system will let drivers remotely set charging schedules for the car from a Web site or smartphone app. The Fit EV will be available in one color: Reflection Blue Pearl.

Honda expects to list the price at $36,625, before government tax credits or other incentives. But it will initially only be available for lease of $399 per month. The lease program begins with select markets in California and Oregon, then will expand to the East Coast in 2013.

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