2013 Honda Fit EV First Drive

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2013 Honda Fit EV

Honda Fits the EV Puzzle Together

Published: 07/03/2012 by Dan Edmunds. Director of Vehicle

One could argue that reputation is largely based on the clean air and fuel economy it has promoted over the years. CVCC to HF to VTEC, NGV to IMA to FCEV, can usually be found tinkering at or near the top of the mpg charts.

Accordingly, the new Honda Fit EV looks mighty in terms of EV efficiency. It beats the Ford Focus Electric. i and Nissan Leaf in every and range metric found on a EV window sticker, from its low rate of 29 kWh per 100 miles to its stellar rating of 118 MPGe to its class-leading of 82 miles.

But one curious fact us in our tracks: You can’t buy a 2013 Fit EV. And you may never see one because, all told, expects to produce just Fit EVs over the next three By contrast, Nissan is close to that many Leaf EVs in a

What’s more, the 2013 Fit EV is a lease-only proposition ($389 per for 36 months; the tax credit is baked in) is confined to coastal Southern the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Oregon. Next spring plans to expand into New York; Hartford, Connecticut; and Washington, D.C.

A La Mode

The heart of the Fit EV is a permanent electric motor that’s at 92 kW (123 horsepower). It drives the wheels through a coaxial gearbox, in which the differential is directly to one end of the electric motor, not in the usual way with drive positioned behind. This because the motor’s main is hollow, allowing the driveshaft feeds the opposite tire to run through the middle.

Full is only available by pressing a Sport button. The Fit EV’s efficiency and range comes in mode, the start-up default produces 75 kW (101 hp). says Sport is 10 percent efficient than Normal, but a option, Econ mode, can efficiency by 17 percent if you’re to tolerate 47 kW (63 hp), a deliberately throttle pedal and optimized performance.

Moving Out

From Normal and Sport are equally at chirping the Michelin Energy low-rolling-resistance tires thanks to peak torque. Once way, Normal feels reasonable for everyday use, up hills and onto freeway It’s never lightning but there’s no problem keeping up.

As expected, the Sport button passing and merging easier, and in mode the Fit EV’s power-to-weight is 19 percent better than the We figure 0-60-mph acceleration register below 9.5 seconds a half second better the Nissan.

There are two shift as well: the familiar D, and a B setting simulates low gear engine through the regenerative system. for downgrades, it adds a new dimension of fun in use (with no efficiency penalty) la Mini E, although the effect is pronounced.

As for the regular brakes, the system of blending electric with conventional friction produces a firm and consistent that comes across as more satisfying than the

Battery Pack

Electricity from an air-cooled 20 kWh lithium-ion pack that’s 4 kWh smaller that of a Leaf. Even so, the Fit range bests the Nissan by 9 Low comparative weight accounts for of this, as the 3,252-pound Fit EV weighs 123 less than the Nissan.

But the of the Fit EV’s Toshiba-made SCiB ion battery) battery modules has to do with it. Typical lithium-ion cells feature a carbon but SCiB cells employ a Titanate Oxide (LTO) instead that can charge and more quickly, allowing the battery to gobble up and recover more readily under

This trait is a boon to charging, too, and the Fit EV’s system runs at 6.6 kilowatts of the 3.3-kilowatt charge rate of the And so it takes 3 hours less dinner and a movie to fully a depleted Fit EV using a standard charger. A 7-hour commitment is to fill an empty Leaf at the charging station.

Similar technology is found in the 2012 Electric, which can also at 6.6 kW. But 372 pounds more Ford to a larger 23 kWh battery and 4 hours of charge time.

Recharging on 120 is less impressive because the home garage circuit is the factor. Still, 15 hours is far than the 21 hours it takes to an empty Leaf different to make the need for a 240-volt charger far less certain.

Significant alterations were to slip a battery pack the middle of a Fit. The driver sits in the same spot, but a floor positions rear 1.4 inches higher and 3.3 inches back. Rear headroom is but 37.3 inches of the stuff feels like a goodly

However, fans of the Fit’s seat will be saddened to that it did not survive the reconstructive

Still more room was to keep the battery case dragging on speed bumps, so the body was raised 1.6 inches on its Taller springs and a new aluminum do the trick up front, but the battery into space claimed by the standard-issue twist-beam rear Oh, and there are 675 more pounds to around.

As a result, the Honda Fit EV has a far more sophisticated multilink suspension.

The end result is a Fit EV that with significantly more and quietness on the broken concrete and jointed freeways we’re today. We’re talking levels of refinement here.

And the Fit EV is when barreling into too, thanks to revised and roll stiffness tuning to the extra mass. Helping in this regard is a center of that is actually lower much of the added weight below floor level.

to cargo is still good the raised body; 25.4 of liftover height is still an number. But the rear-shifted seat rear cargo space 20.6 to 12 cubic feet. are 49.4 cubic feet with the new 60/40 seat but the load floor is no longer

Rear doors that 80 degrees are still present and even more appreciated the new rear-set seat. The height-adjustable seat and telescoping wheel accommodate a wide range of

A navigation system and back-up are standard (there are zero and the instrument panel has been to provide various types of feedback to help get the most out of kilowatt-hour of electricity.

A remote on the key fob can a charge, check charge verify cabin temperature and on the air-conditioning from 100 feet The available HondaLink EV smartphone app all that and more. It can display driving range, program an charging session to catch low rates or search for EV charging along a route.

Summing Up

The Honda Fit EV looks class-leading on and performs well in person, but just makes its lease-only all the more perplexing, even if per month for 36 months seems a competitive deal. A bit more reveals a couple of potential

Honda says that if it the Fit EV it would have to charge for it $2,580 less than a Electric but $1,365 more a Nissan Leaf. Put it that way and it like a ton of dough for a Fit near the end of its cycle.

As a lease-only proposition no buyout, Honda’s Fit EV battery lasts for the duration of the lease of the which is 3 years or 36,000 Makers of for-sale EVs have to behind their batteries far so in theory they can’t them to the max. One wonders if an Fit EV battery would perform as

It seems so, but outside of Honda no way of knowing.

Still, if a 3-year sounds good to you and you happen to in one of the designated areas, the 2013 Fit EV is a solid electrified choice. It it handles, it charges quickly and it farther on less juice any of its rivals. Interested? Find out at Honda’s official Fit EV Web site .

attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to selected members of the press invited, to facilitate this

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