2013 Honda Fit EV at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Fitev

  • Competes with: Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi i
  • Looks like: A pucker-mouthed Honda Fit
  • Drivetrain: 92-kilowatt coaxial electric motor with 20-kWh lithium-ion battery
  • Hits dealerships: Summer 2012

Honda's Fit EV is an all-electric version of Honda's subcompact hatchback with an estimated combined city/highway range of up to 76 miles using the EPA's testing. (According to the EPA, the Nissan Leaf would reach 73 miles.) In the city, Honda expects a maximum electric range of 123 miles.

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The combined number puts the Fit's estimated range higher than other EVs' ratings, besting the Nissan Leaf by three miles. What happens in the real world may be different, but the EPA's official combined range ratings are close to what we've achieved with our long-term Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.

The Fit EV is powered by a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 92-kilowatt electric motor derived from the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle, a fully functioning prototype we tested a few years ago. Its three driving modes can tailor the Fit's performance to different styles: Econ, Normal and Sport, similar to the Honda CR-Z's system. In that car, the modes noticeably change the CR-Z's responsiveness.

Honda says a full charge using a 240-volt charger takes as little as three hours, which is also impressive because the Leaf takes seven hours using a 240-volt charger. Honda says charging takes less than 15 hours from a 110-volt houshold outlet.

There's seating for five even with the added battery, though the rear seat bottom is now higher to accommodate the battery under the floor. An array of new meters and information displays monitor battery operation and usage. The outside has unique wheels, spoiler, front styling and comes in one color, Reflection Blue Pearl.

Like the Volt and the Leaf, the Fit EV uses a smartphone application to monitor charging, the remaining range, and it can also warm or cool the interior remotely before you get into the car. An interactive remote is also included that lets drivers start charging and pre-condition the interior from up to 100 feet away from the vehicle, without an internet connection.

The Fit EV launches in certain California and Oregon markets next summer. At its launch, leasing is the only way to get one, for an estimated $399 per month. Sales will expand to six East Coast markets in early 2013, though over the next three years Honda expects to produce only around 1,100 of them.

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Comments 

kyle

I like it. But wow, Honda really needs to work on their interior color choices. They are all so boring and dull. You can't even get a black interior on the civic unless you get an si.

Anonymous Coward

kyle,

I agree. I loved the two-tone bluish grey / ivory seats in the old Civic Hybrid.

Amuro Ray

Question to JB / cars.com staff:

I'm confused here, because I've seen reports saying that the 1100 number is NOT for the next 3 years, as Honda will only produce FEV in the next 2 model years. Remember, we're in 2011, and FEV won't come out until mid-2012 (MY13) and finish its run in 2013 (MY14). So, the avg will be 550 in 2012, and 550 in 2013.

Which is really the correct version of the story?

On a side note, FEV uses a 6.6kW charging port, which explains the faster charging speed of the 3.3kW. However, it doesn't have a Quick Charge Port like the LEAF (charge to 80% in less than 30 min).

Although FEV is labeled as a LEAF/i comeptitor, it really isn't. It's to satisfy CAFE (or CARB - either one of them) rules. That's why the production # is so low.

Amuro Ray

So here's the scope from Honda. 1100 produced for the 1st 2 years of the 3 years program, none in the 3rd year.

Dmitry

And man the designs are butt ugly...

why can't they make Crosstour or CR-V hybrid...

why those alligators???

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