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2013 Honda Fit EV Test Drive Popular Mechanics

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2013 Honda Fit EV Test

Can an all-electric Honda Fit maintain the joy of driving that’s made us the gasoline version? If our first is any indication, then absolutely.

On July

Price: Three-Year $389/Month or $36,625 Total Payment

Powertrain: 92-kw motor, 20-kwh lithium-ion 6.6-kw onboard charger

Fuel Economy (City/Highway 118 mpge

What’s New: is dipping a cautious toe into the EV The new Honda Fit EV will be offered as a lease, and you’ll only them in California and Oregon with the most built-out EV In early 2013 Honda expand availability to six East cities. Even then, expect to see them on every corner; Honda says are just 1100 Fits By contrast, rival Nissan has sold 27,000 Leafs as of April.

But the difference between two cars comes down to fun. Honda has developed EV to plaster a smile on your


The Fit EV only comes in one flavor: loaded and painted Reflection Pearl. In place of the gasoline, 117-hp 1.5-liter inline-four-cylinder is a 92-kw electric motor the same unit found in the Honda FCX Clarity fuel-cell fed by an air-cooled 20-kwh Toshiba with a lithium-titanate-oxide anode. The pack is mounted underneath the and extends from the area the front seats all the way back to the seats. The flat, wide pack hangs lower the floorpan on the gasoline Fit, so to ground clearance on the electric engineers raised its suspension. also included new ground to cover the low-hanging battery

The entire Fit EV is optimized for aerodynamics to new flat underbody panels and a with a smaller air intake, the EV has a 14 lower coefficient of drag the ordinary Fit. All this to deliver a cruising range of 82 on a combined route.

The 6.6-kw charging system that you can fully charge a Fit EV in than 3 hours on 240-volt Honda says a 120-volt would charge the Fit EV in less 15 hours. Those times are an over the Nissan Leaf’s, but for the Leaf will offer an 6.6-kw charger, too.

To the Fit didn’t lose any functionality its large pack aboard, replaced the rear beam suspension with a more multilink design. The rear are mounted higher and reclined resulting in more rear legroom than the standard Fit (or an Accord). But the drawback is an 8.6-cubic-foot in cargo capacity behind seat.

Also, the seatback no folds flush with the meaning the Fit’s practical seat isn’t part of the Fit EV

Tech Tidbit: Honda’s new brake system doesn’t ditch the hydraulics in favor of a electric brake system. the system activates the brake hydraulic pressure electronically as providing more efficient and control of the brake system. As a there’s a 5 percent improvement in brake-energy recovery.

The system provides a smoother, predictable brake feel other vehicles with brakes.

Driving Character: weighing 624 pounds more the heaviest gasoline Fit, the new EV off the line. That’s because a full 189 lb-ft of torque that electric motor as soon as your foot the throttle. This gives a bit of squeal, as the 185/60R15 tires are and harder than those on a gas

The Fit EV has a unique three-mode system from the CR-Z) to adjust response at the push of a button. mode limits power to 47 kw normal acceleration with 75 kw at throttle, which boosts by about 17 percent when you use the eco-coaching function. Normal makes 75 kw available all the time.

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And mode gives you the full 92 kw of Honda says the cruising shrinks by about 10 percent in mode.

On our short drive on the hills Pasadena, Calif. we found mode to be largely sufficient, to the unwavering 189 lb-ft of torque no which mode you select. It is fun to select Sport and drive the Fit EV a sports sedan. It’s and the response from the right is nearly instantaneous.

The Fit EV also has a aggressive B regenerative-braking mode the driver can select on the gearshift. It entirely possible that one drive around a cityscape in mode without ever the brakes.

Bend the Fit EV into a set of and it feels buttoned down and lighter on its tires than its suggests. But get a bit overenthusiastic with the in Sport mode, and it’s to forget the low rolling resistance of the in a corner. The electrically assisted is quick and takes little

Engineers say it has unique mapping for use in the Fit EV, but it just as direct as the standard Under most circumstances EV handles just like the gasoline Fit we have always

Favorite Detail: Every Fit comes with a unique control in addition to the normal key The remote allows you to initiate of the car (assuming its plugged in) and set the interior as long as you are within 100 feet of the The remote’s display panel the charge status, level of and current interior temperature.

For with smart phones, are both Android and iPhone that offer a deeper of control; they let you schedule for off-peak hours, for instance, or you to the nearest charging stations.

Grievance: We get it it’s an EV designed to as far as possible on a charge of electricity. But why not a slightly more handling-friendly package? We’d trade range and efficiency for a bit more especially if our commute to work a twisty road.

The Bottom The Fit EV proves that there is for a fun-to-drive electric vehicle doesn’t cost as much as a S-Class. And its range of 82 miles and 118 fuel economy beats its The fact that this is a a lease program for the 2013 and model years leads us to that perhaps an even powerful and efficient version be right around the corner, as the gas Fit is due to be redesigned soon. Perhaps see an all-new Fit, Fit Hybrid, and Fit EV.

That’s a lineup that awfully smart to us.

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