Will Honda Produce a Fit EV in 2013?

Piedmont Honda in Anderson, South Carolina is happy to introduce the all new Honda Fit - but will the US ever get to see an EV variant of this favorite vehicle?

Honda introduced their EV at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany last month. This vehicle will be powered by a lithium-ion battery added to an electric motor.

Honda claims Fit EV, slated to hit the market in early 2012, has a 100-mile range on a single charge, and reaches a top speed of 90 mph. Better yet, the battery can be charged in 12 hours using a 120-volt outlet. That time is cut down to six hours with 240-volt outlets.

Fuel efficiency is aided by a user-controlled three-mode system: Economy, Normal, or 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

In-dash display helps drivers determine when to shut off the air conditioning or radio in order to save electricity.

Honda Fit will also connect drivers to their cars via smartphone while at other locations. With these tools, you will be able to check or begin a charge, activate air conditioning, start the vehicle, and provide charging alerts, 24-hour roadside assistance, and locate charging stations - all without being in the vehicle.

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

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