Will 2013 Bring A Honda Fit EV?

University Honda, located at 4343 Chiles Road Davis, CA, 95618 is bringing you the 2012 Honda Fit - at least the regular gas version. So far, the United States hasn't seen the EV version on their roads. This is set to change in the near future. No clue from Honda yet, as the Japanese auto maker just introduced their EV at Frankfurt's Motor Show in Germany one month ago.

Powered by one lithium-ion battery and an electric motor, Honda claims Fit EV has a up to a 100-mile range and reaches maximum speeds of 90 mph! The lithium-ion battery can be charged in about 12 hours using a 120-volt outlet. That time is decreased to only 6 hours with 240-volt outlets.

Fuel efficiency is aided by a user-controlled three-mode system:

  1. Economy
  2. Normal
  3. Sport

Honda claims the differences are "an increase of 17 percent in driving range with the Economy mode over the Normal mode and 25 percent better than Sport mode. In Sport mode, the performance is adjusted to improved acceleration."1

An in-dash display will help drivers determine when to shut off the air conditioning or radio in order to save electricity, and get more mpg's. Honda Fit will also connect drivers to their cars via smartphone, remotely. You will be able to do the following actions with your smartphone:

  • Remotely check or begin a charge
  • Activate your air conditioning
  • Start the vehicle,
  • Provide charging alerts
  • 24-hour roadside assistance
  • Locate charging stations.

Source: 1http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2011/09/2011-frankfurt-freshened-2012-honda-insight.html


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