The Honda electric car has an interesting history. Honda’s first electric car attempt was back in 1997, with the Honda EV Plus model.
Unfortunately, Honda only produced about 300 models, and the short lived electric car was decommissioned after the creation of Honda’s first hybrid vehicle, the Honda Insight.
But, a lot has changed in the EV industry since the late 90s. Rotten economics, unpredictable oil price hikes, fears over global warming, and an ever more ecofriendly population has led to a spike in electric car demand.
2013 Honda Fit EV
Photo By skinnylawyer (Rachel So)
These days, every major car manufacturer is expected to produce electric cars. If they aren’t, then they are going to be considered out of date, and out of touch with the needs and wants of the eco consumer.
That is where the new 2013 Honda electric car model jumps into the picture. The new Honda Fit EV was first seen at the 2011 Los Angeles Car Show, and was a major hit. Honda began delivering Fit EVs to the United States in July of 2012, at a lease only price of 259 dollars per month for 3 years.
The Fit EV is based on the original gasoline powered Fit car design. But, instead of gas, it uses a lithium-ion battery pack that is combined with an AC synchronous magnet coaxial traction motor.
The EV Fit is also outfitted with a low-friction reduction gearbox based off the Honda FCX Clarity’s hydrogen fuel cell car.
According to Honda, the EV Fit has a range of up to 100 miles, and a top speed of 90 miles per hour.
Honda says charging time will only take about 3 hours from a 240 volt outlet, but will require 12 hours to charge from a 120 volt outlet.
The EPA’s official range for this Honda electric car is 82 miles. The EPA placed the Fit EV with a combined fuel economy of 118 miles per gallon.
The EV Fit has three separate driving modes: Econ, normal, and sport.
According to Honda, the “econ” mode will extend your driving range by 17 percent compared to using “normal” mode.
The sport mode will create the same amount of acceleration power as a 2.0 liter gasoline engine.
So, thus far, the Fit EV has gotten off to a good start in the electrical car rat race we are seeing in today’s modernizing society.
It’s certainly a far cry better than the failed attempt at introducing the EV Plus model back in the late 90s.