Honda’s new electric car offering, the Fit EV, will be available for leasing from the Japanese automaker July 20, it was announced recently. The car, which was recently rated with the top miles-per-gallon equivalency (MPGe) rating by the Environmental Protection Agency, will initially be available to California and Oregon residents.
The Honda Fit EV will be available as a lease option only, it was said, with a three year lease price of $389 a month. This comes out to a retail price of $36,625, which is already adjusted for the available $7,500 federal EV tax credit. The lease covers individuals to drive the vehicle up to 12,000 miles a year, and the car has a number of limited warranties being made available with it to cover all the standard stuff as well as the lithium-ion battery.
The electric car is driven by a 20-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and 92-kilowatt (123 horsepower) AC synchronous electric motor that generates 189 ft-lb of torque, according to Honda. Equipped with a three-mode drive system, the Fit EV has combined city/highway estimated driving range rating of 82-miles.
Battery charging times for the Fit EV varies upon whether you connect to a 120 or 240 volt AC power supply. At the 240 volt level, Honda says the car can be recharged in less than three hours from a low charge indicator illumination point. As a nice added feature, one can remotely start or stop the charging through a variety of connectivity means.
The three modes which make up this car’s drive system vary up how handling and performance occurs, trading off efficiency for power as needed by the driver. Regardless of mode, Honda says, built-in regenerative braking helps return energy to the battery pack during deceleration and braking.
The Honda Fit EV is designed to fit five on the interior, with seating features that include a manual tilt and telescope steering wheel and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. With the rear seat down, one gets 12 cu-ft of cargo volume, while with it up that drops to 9.4 cu-ft.
This car, like so many other compact electric vehicles we’ve seen, is really geared towards the urban driver. Honda hasn’t made this a bare-bones ride though, offering up features such as a six-speaker 160-watt audio system with USB and Bluetooth support, as well a navigation system that includes the locations of public EV recharging stations.
Beyond California and Oregon, Honda has plans to expand offering the Fit EV to six East Coast markets in early 2013.