We wrote in February of last year that Honda would introduce the Fit EV in a demonstration program in the city of Torrance, California. Almost twelve months later, this has finally come to pass. In addition, Honda will be offering a vehicle to Stanford University and one to Google as well as part of this demonstration program.
Honda’s goal is to offer the Fit EV for lease in select markets in California and Oregon by the summer of 2012. Then again, they expected to have these three demonstration vehicles distributed last year. Apparently Nissan is not the only major manufacturer with slippery electric vehicle (EV) deadlines. The Fit EV is slated to expand to six East Coast markets in 2013. One difference we noted between last year’s press release, and the current release – it seems the on-board charger has been increased from a 3.3 kilowatt unit to twice that, as charge time has gone from six hours to three. Range will be similar to that of a LEAF. Horsepower will be more in the Fit (123 vs. 107 for LEAF), but no mention was made of the Fit’s torque. Battery size of the Fit EV will be 20 kilowatt hours vs. 24 kilowatt hours in the LEAF.
Honda has worked with the city of Torrance to evaluate potential charging station locations. City government EV fleet development is also under discussion.