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What is the range of the 2013 Fit EV? About 80 miles, making it than suitable for the average The 2013 Honda Fit EV may not be cheaper the popular Nissan Leaf, but fair competition in the middle of the car market.

Feeling sturdier and powerful than the gas-powered the Fit EV makes for a great option for into the electric car segment.

By Jablansky / NEW YORK DAILY

The 2013 Honda Fit EV offers 80 miles of range.

For most making the leap from a gas-powered car or truck to an electric is something of a lateral move. the right circumstances, including a daily commute, access to a station, and infrequent long an EV begins to make sense.

As anxiety subsides, with a network of charging stations in the boroughs, the barriers to EV entry to fall. Looking at the current careful shoppers default to a tested choice that something proven and market-tested.

Enter the Honda Fit EV. Based on the Fit hatchback, the Fit EV is not the newest electric on the block, nor is it the most powerful, the expensive, or the largest. In fact, the Fit EV – on sale in eight states in the and the West Coast – comfortably a middle position in the EV segment.

On the few visual cues distinguish the Fit EV its conventionally powered sibling. The obvious changes are marked by a chrome strip across the which takes the place of the centered honeycomb, and by the substitution of taillights that flank the A charging port on the driver’s supplants a fuel-filler cap. You can the Fit EV in any color, as long as it’s Blue Pearl.’

The Fit EV’s driver compartment is subtly from other and looks remarkably contemporary for a nearly six years old. A speedometer replaces an analog sandwiched between a “fuel” and a charge/power indicator.


A chrome strip across the is the most obvious exterior cue the electric Fit from the gas-powered

An antiquated navigation system, is standard equipment, was consistently to react. It feels ancient in and user-friendliness when compared to of the Ford Focus Electric, for A power outlet and auxiliary are located beneath the climate system, next to controls for seats, but far away from the USB input.

Like other vehicles, the Fit EV offers driver-selectable of operation for more frugal, or enthusiastic, motoring. In the Fit EV, these exist to maximize efficiency, at no to lead-footed drivers, by limiting the of power. In “Normal,” the Fit EV utilizes 80 percent of its 92-kW motor, and all systems conventionally.

In “Econ,” green dashboard indicates that the Fit EV is exerting 50 percent of maximum power – up to 80 during hard acceleration – and air runs at lower power. mode is a lively kick, as it full electric power and effortless torque through a sensitive go pedal. Regenerative and a “B” transmission setting aggressively try to power whenever possible. runs in Sport and B-mode evolve into hilariously highway blasts.

Over 250 miles of mixed driving, conducted in Econ mode, the Fit EV approximately 80 miles per charge – in with Honda’s own claim of 82 per charge. In addition to being the efficient setting, Econ is the most balanced in terms of inputs, and avoids herky-jerky associated with the Sport

Worth noting is the significant in vehicle range at sustained speeds over 50 mph; a gas-powered Fit, in which increases with steady and less stop-and-go movement, the Fit EV is efficient when utilizing its brakes. This means in situations like rush traffic, drivers might see range increase.

Jeffrey Jablansky

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Recharging the Fit EV between three and four when utilizing a 240-volt

Recharging is a 3-4 hour process, utilizing a 240-volt outlet. A using a 110-volt outlet, can more than triple Fit EV’s downtime. Plugging it a regular wall outlet, at home, was the only way to ensure a charge by morning.

The most aspect of the Fit EV’s driving is, without question, its positive with the gas-powered Fit – which at the top of the subcompact hatchback class. feel is linear and nicely regardless of driving mode. The is well adapted to cut-and-thrust driving, as well as less-than-perfect of highway pavement.

The Fit EV is even more planted the standard Fit, thanks to the pack sandwiched in the middle of the

Only several compromises made to the Fit EV’s interior to its battery pack, most the elimination of the Fit’s trick, Magic Seat. While the seat still folds it does not fold completely nor does it have the adjustment or of the conventional Fit’s rear Otherwise, passenger comfort in rows of seats is nearly the as in the gas-powered Fit.

But the thing the Fit EV is that it remains true to the philosophy that makes the gas-powered model so appealing. it doesn’t have the range of a engine, but the Fit EV’s electric isn’t intimidating or difficult to get to on a daily basis. As an added the Fit EV also offers gobs power.

While it lacks the technological of some newer EVs, the Fit EV is a solution for drivers who value in engineering.

That – and a killer deal, as of press time – are enough to see if room exists in a lifestyle for the cheerful Fit EV.


The Fit EV remains at the top of the subcompact hatchback just like its gas-powered

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