Very small number to be leased to government and business entities in the home country.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug 30, 2012
2013 Honda Fit EV - $36,625 to start (although it will only be available by lease) is by far the nation’s highest all-electric range (AER) EV with an EPA range of 82 miles (Tesla’s S excluded) which is 20 more than the iMiEV, 9 more than the LEAF and 6 more than the Focus Electric.
The Fit EV is what the company is calling an extension of Honda’s latest R&D of electric mobility including electromotive powertrain technologies used in the latest HEV and FCVs.
The Fit EV is arguably the best affordable BEV available as it handles well, has more range and even more giddy up then the current LEAF and Focus BEV. The development team focused in the following in its design:
- Create a vehicle with greater range requiring less battery capacity
- Pursue motor drive performance
- Eliminate any waste of time during battery charging and other areas
To achieve these goals, Honda put the Fit platform to good use as a BEV.
The result? The Fit EV has achieved world’s best AC energy consumption rate of just 170 Wh/mile and a single charge range of 139.5 on the ridiculously simple JC08 mode or 82 miles on our own EPA as posted above.
And the limited numbers continue to make this a compliance experiment that a car for the masses as Honda is only leasing approximately 200 units Fit EVs in the next two years, mostly to local governments and businesses.
With a platform this good, why bother with 200 in Japan and just 1,100 over the next 3 years here in the US