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Honda Fit EV: Pricey, But Ready for Time

Jonathan Welsh Fit EV

Honda s Fit EV, the new battery powered of its popular Fit subcompact car, is a quiet and torquey joy to drive. But buyers will have to up on ever  breaking even as the on fuel eventually make up for the premium typical for electric

You ll have to drive the Fit EV for a decade or so the savings catch up with its price, which is roughly that of a garden-variety Fit.

It isn t that buyers wouldn t be to drive the car that long, but Honda won t allow it. For now the company is leasing the vehicles at $389 per for three years, which to a manufacturer s suggested retail of $36,625.

So yes, the car is expensive so if you compare it with other of similar size or status But among electrics it is middle-of-the-road. And its footprint is small, the Fit s tall, cabin and upright driving make it a more pleasant to spend time than the Chevrolet Volt or the relatively Nissan Leaf.

My time with the Fit was brief a weekend s worth of errands and excursions. During that though, the car was easy to live and felt solid and even on the road. The nearly instant or torque, of the electric motor it easy to dart away traffic at stoplights, though more deliberate driving is for maximizing range.

The Fit has an EPA fuel-economy-equivalent rating of  118 miles per and matching that figure or it on the Fit s efficiency gauges is an engaging

Is this down-hill stretch enough to make use the regenerative to recharge the battery? Or will I to settle for a lesser charge simply coasting? Will it be to drive a little slower angering the drivers behind me?

These become important, questions for the electric-car commuter. One that didn t come up Will I get stranded in this That s because my everyday doesn t begin to test the car s limits. I plugged it in to recharge I wasn t using it, so it was always off.

For longer trips you need another car.

Buyers will have to the Fit mainly for the feeling of efficiency it Sometimes that feeling can on a sense of superiority. I admit to down my nose at all the Toyota hybrids swarming around the market on Saturday.

And their looked back, with (I think).

The Fit EV became available in in Oregon and California and is to move six East-Coast markets early year.

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