Honda Fit EV Charging into the future

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Honda Fit EV Electric Cars

Honda Fit EV: Charging into the

The all-electric Honda Fit EV is a real car never left us stranded a full week of test We never drove beyond its range between charges, but even came close sticking to our normal driving

The Fit EV, first introduced as a 2013 is one of several conventional gas-powered that are also being in all-electric versions. Others the Chevy Spark EV, the Fiat Ford Focus Electric, and the Electric Drive. All were put on sale with small, gas engines before being converted into all-electric

That’s different than the Leaf and Mitsubishi iMEV, are only offered as all-electric

In the case of the Fit EV, the conversion approach in one of the best all-electric vehicles. is largely because the conventional Fit is one of the economy cars for sale It is stylish on the outside, roomy on the and fun to drive.

The conversion increases the fun factor the electric motor is more than the original gas engine. The new pack mounted under the low it a lower center of gravity, it handle better.

The results immediately apparent in our test Fit EV. All of the in an electric motor comes on The one in the Fit EV produces 189 foot-pounds of torque, makes it very quick off the at least when set in the normal and in the power mode.

Like cars, the Eco mode reduces response.

The Fit EV also has more seat leg room than the Fit. That’s because moved the rear seats to make room for the battery. wasn’t affected, however, the Fit is very tall for a compact.

The seats no longer fold flat, but the big hatchback still loading and unloading with down easy.

And, of course, the Fit EV gets better mileage than a Fit an EPA estimated equivalent of 118 miles per

But there are trade-offs. One, of is range. A conventional Fit will go of miles between fill and gas stations are easy to find.

The EPA estimates the Fit EV will only go 80 miles between full and the public recharging system is problematic. That means the of drivers will do most of recharging overnight at home.

We find that to be a problem in a of driving. Most of our driving was to and work, a 32-mile round that left us with of reserve battery power. We some of that almost night for dinner, shopping and trips.

We even drove a more than usual the weekend. But we were always to recharge it overnight.

Even we only have a 110-watt in the garage, that was almost enough to boost the range the EPA estimate. We usually left with around 90 miles of showing.

If the battery is all the way down, Honda it will take around 15 to fully recharge it from a outlet. If that were to very often, we’d want a 240-watt charging at home. That cuts the to around three hours.

As it however, the 100-watt outlet just fine.

The funny was, we almost always another 10 miles of range the first phase of our commute. because much of it is downhill, the regenerative brakes (like on a charged the battery even Despite the EPA estimate, we usually saw 90 and 100 miles of range showing on the during the early stages of our commute.

In fact, trying to out the actual range of the Fit EV was a little It fluctuated throughout most rarely matching the actual ticking off on the odometer. Sometimes we range during a short

Other times, we didn’t nearly as much as we actually Once we picked up three of range while coasting a freeway off ramp. Every so the range fell more the miles driven, but not very

Because we tested the Fit EV during a stretch of summer weather, we did not use the air much, which helped the range. We expect the range fall faster in very and very hot weather, when the must also be used to or cool the interior of the car. the heated front seats came in our test model have drawn at least a power from the battery.

As any all-electric car, taking a beyond the driving range planning. We were disappointed to that several public stations didn’t work or at wouldn’t work with the Fit EV our week of testing. Online of charging station locations are but we can’t guarantee them.

Cost is usually a big trade-off electric cars. Because are use such new technology and are produced in limited numbers, they a lot more than equivalent cars.

Honda Fit EV Electric Cars

Honda has found a way that problem, however. The Fit EV is only available for lease. And the monthly payment (with down) is very reasonable, you never have to pay anything for

The lease also includes insurance and a coupon for a free in-home charging station. is one of the states where it is available.

The Fit EV comes in one version, and it is fully A big plus is the standard navigation and rear-view camera, two valuable that sometimes have to be as options on luxury cars. The seats were comfortable and included folding arm rests.

The alloy wheels and rear make it look sporty, too when compared with the Leaf and iMEV, both of are trying too hard to look

Facts and figures (all

Model tested: Fit EV.


Class: Compact hatchback.

Front engine, front-wheel-drive.

Five-door car.

Motor: AC Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor hp, 189 ft-lbs).

EPA estimated range: 82

Price: $259 monthly

Honda Fit EV Electric Cars
Honda Fit EV Electric Cars
Honda Fit EV Electric Cars
Honda Fit EV Electric Cars
Honda Fit EV Electric Cars
Honda Fit EV Electric Cars

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