Honda Goes Electric With Fit Hatchback

Honda’s answer to the electric car question in the United States debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. It is a concept design based upon the company’s popular Fit hatchback that will actually be heading to production for the USA and Japan come 2012.

The Honda Fit EV Concept will be powered, like other electric vehicles, by a battery and electric motor. Honda is aiming for its electric car to have a top speed of 90 miles per hour, an estimated 100 mile per charge driving range and a quick charge time of less than six hours when using a fast charging station. A traditional 120-volt outlet, by contrast, will take up to 12 hours to charge the vehicle instead.

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Honda is outfitting the Fit EV with a three mode electric drive system that “allows the driver to select between Econ, Normal, and Sport to instantly and seamlessly change the driving experience to maximize efficiency or improve acceleration. While in Econ mode, practical driving range can increase by as much as 17 percent, compared to driving in Normal mode, and up to 25 percent compared to driving in Sport mode. Acceleration improves significantly when in Sport mode, generating performance similar to a vehicle equipped with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine.”

Other features of the Fit EV will include a special meter display advising the driver when to shut off air conditioning and other accessories to conserve battery power; a connectivity system that will allow the driver to do a variety of remote functions to the vehicle; a navigation system with public charging-station locator capability; and, at least in the concept on display, an eco-friendly gray bio-fabric on the seating surfaces.

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