First Drive Honda Fit EV

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Honda Fit Electric Cars

First Drive: Honda Fit EV

Dec 06,

At the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, the world’s largest manufacturer sets the standard for citizenship. Rather than pave another road through the gentle hills, has dedicated 104 acres of racetrack to Hello Woods’, a nature and children’s camp that is as as the inexplicable apostrophe in its name Here, Japanese youth a month mastering three outdoor skills: starting a using a knife, and. uh. a motorcycle.

Which brings us to the world of alternative-fuel vehicles, despite automakers’ best and billions of dollars, sales of vehicles and hybrids just not ignite. That hasn’t new entries, though. The pioneering Leaf is being followed by the i, the Ford Focus EV, and — in March — Honda’s own Fit EV.

The familiar subcompact trades its four-cylinder engine for a 123-hp motor and its gas tank for a large, battery. The EPA rates the combined range at 76 miles, and thanks to an charger with twice the of the Nissan Leaf, recharging about three hours a 240-volt supply. Honda’s rollout plan calls for 1100 cars to be leased the next three years in and Oregon with a down of about $2000 and a monthly of $399 for 36 months.

The Fit’s to electrified driving is far more than a short charging though. It sets a high-water for driving dynamics for any EV not wearing a badge. Rather than on the merits of an electric drivetrain, backed this green with exceptional road that make it surprisingly fun to

Characteristic of EVs, the Fit squirts off the with the graceful pull of electric-motor torque. But where the oomph quickly falls off as builds, the Fit maintains its punch city speeds. Rolling on the pedal from 30 mph brings a surge that effortlessly the Fit to highway speeds.

The pinky-finger-effort of the Leaf is put to shame by the Fit’s weighted wheel. The driver receive much feel for the Energy Saver A/S tires, but enough effort required the driver to feel like the wheel is actually attached to The Michelins also find grip than the Leaf’s Ecopia tires, making the Fit susceptible to squealing the front on hard starts with the turned.

The weight and packaging of the lithium-ion led Honda engineers to replace the torsion-beam rear suspension a more sophisticated multilink That change pays off in more than performance, a ride that is far more than that of the gasoline-powered Handling is quite good,

Compared to the Leaf, the Fit EV feels a Mazda Miata, with turn-in and crisper body

Honda employees are enthusiastic turning waste into useful, as evidenced by Hello director, who explains with a smile how the bacteria in their outhouses create water feces. Similarly, the Fit EV creates just by slowing down. I’m not really sure how even the slightest bit similar, but claims to have made the process more efficient by fully electrically controlled to a production car for the first time.

Honda Fit Electric Cars

Sounds like a disaster, Wrong. Giving the computers control allows for more in blending friction and regenerative and makes pedal responses linear. Honda hasn’t the hydraulics, either.

Brake still pushes the pads the discs and serves as a failsafe if the flake out.

To accommodate the battery pack that between the wheels and raises the pan, the gas-powered Fit’s magic folding rear has done a disappearing trick. The seatbacks still fold and an almost-level floor with the (which is also raised) is far more useful than you get in the Leaf. The Fit also preserves its spacious and airy feel you’re sitting in the front or the seats.

The rest of the interior is typical save for automatic climate and the instrument cluster. The tachometer has replaced with an analog to indicate whether the battery is or discharging at any given moment. The fuel gauge now relays the charge while a small range readout is more

Smaller gauges reveal how energy is being consumed by the system and other accessories.

the Fit EV, Honda has introduced driving to the practical electric vehicle that elevate expectations. The Fit a level of driving fun that is from the Leaf, improving on the impressive gas-powered Fit. so good that we’re Honda won’t share it the entire United States.

Honda has started the fire. Now just need to fan the flames.

Honda Fit Electric Cars
Honda Fit Electric Cars


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