California City To Test Honda Fit EV

Interested in driving the new Honda Fit EV? If you happen to work for the California city of Torrance–or Stanford University or Google Inc.–you may be in luck, as each of these entities will soon receive one of these electric vehicles for testing in 2011.  Each of the three demonstration program participants will conduct general testing as well as evaluating specific issues related to the introduction of electric vehicles.

The City of Torrance plans to focus on charging infrastructure development and the promotion of sustainable community initiatives in building public awareness about electric vehicles. Tetsuo Iwamura, President and CEO of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. said, in a statement, “The city of Torrance and the other participants will play a key role, by providing real-world feedback on their experience. They will help us tackle the important issues surrounding customer adoption of electric vehicles.”

Honda Torrance CA EV program

image via Honda Motors

In addition to an all-electric Fit, the city of Torrance will receive a plug-in hybrid from Honda for testing as a part of the program in 2012. Both vehicles will be put to work by several Torrance city departments, including the Community Development department and Public Works office, along with the Economic Development office.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.