For months now the Honda enthusiasts at Walser Automotive Group's Burnsville Honda dealership, located at 14800 Buck Hill Road have had to hear about green car drivers overseas buying Honda Fit EV cars. Times are changing, as the United States, and even Canada, will get their own Fit EV's.
The Honda Fit EV came to the recent LA Auto Show in production form, followed by a media event at Tokyo's Motor Show. It was a huge success!
The Fit electric motor is similar to that found inside Honda's FCX Clarity fuel-cell EV. It produces 123 horsepower along with 189 lb-ft of torque. This engine is powered by a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. EPA range on the window sticker will reportedly hover around 76 miles per charge, though Honda was hoping for over 100.
The battery pack is mounted underneath Fit. "It's a decision that resulted in a floor that's three inches higher than the conventional model's, but the Fit's cathedral ceiling meant that we didn't notice the reduced headroom," according to Car and Driver.1
Rear seats will still fold flat, allowing various configurations for increased space and utility.
Honda Fit EV leases are estimated to cost around $399 per month, with availability beginning next summer. However, North American potential buyers should be warned - production is limited to 1,100 cars, and are only accessible in select markets. Can't wait an entire year to purchase your next new vehicle? If you're in the market for a new Honda car right now, stop in and take one of our 2012 Honda Fit models for a test drive!