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Amazing Electric Car, More Amazing  Lease Rate!

It’s a deal that sounds “too good to be true,” but it is real, and it is really great ….for the right driver!

Honda has just released the Fit EV, a spunky little electric car that’s just right for commuters. And the lease deal they’re offering makes it, well, kind of a no-brainer for anyone who wants to make a statement for the environment during their drives to and fro and around town.

Here’s the deal. For just $259 down and $259 a month, you can drive unlimited miles on a three-year lease. That’s pretty much unheard of in the leasing industry.

A walkaround of the Fit EV with Steve Dunham:

Plus, Honda will provide the home charging station you’ll need (you only pay for installation, not the charging station itself). As if this all didn’t sound cool enough, Honda is also covering collision insurance and free roadside assistance for Fit EV drivers.

What Gives with the Incredible Lease Terms?

Why is Honda doing it? Steve Dunham, General Manager at Hoffman Honda, ventures a guess, “Honda wants the people driving the new Fit EV to be the spokespeople for the car, to help spread the word about electric vehicles. They’re not pouring advertising dollars into the 2013 Fit EV – instead they’re letting the car and those who drive it get the word out about how great driving a fully electric vehicle can be.”

Steve Dunham, General Manager of Hoffman Honda, took us for a spin

Only a few lucky drivers will be able to snag a Fit EV, because Honda is only producing 40 of the cute blue “cars of the future” each month – so there aren’t a lot to go around.

They’re only available to lease in a few states: California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, and right here at Hoffman Honda in Connecticut. And there s not a lot of choice involved: the Fit EV will only be made in one color (a zippy electric blue), with one level of trim (nicely finished, with a great sound system and navigation standard).

A Commuter Car that Makes a Statement

The car’s range on a full charge is 83 miles. Its estimated annual fuel cost: only $500/year. Plus, you’re driving a car that generates zero emissions.

The Fit EV makes a statement for the environment and generates fuel savings costs that any Connecticut commuter can truly appreciate.

We predict that leases for the Honda Fit EV will be snapped up by technology enthusiasts and “green” drivers alike, not only because these lease rates make it so incredibly affordable, but also because the car is such a blast to drive. It might sound quiet when it’s turned on, but hit the pedal and the engine’s incredible torque means you’ll burn some rubber if you’ve got too heavy a foot!

Making the Switch to an Electric Vehicle

Way more power and torque than you might think

We took a Fit EV out on the road with Steve, and the only sign that this was an electric motor was in the car’s quiet engine. But whether we were pulling out onto the busy Route 44 in Canton, CT or driving up a meandering hill in Avon, this car had plenty of power to spare.

For those of us who are accustomed to the normal combustion engine, who might expect an electric car to be, well, …. less peppy or less responsive than what we’re used to, the Fit EV is a revelation.

Sure, it idles almost silently at a red light. But when the light turns green and you hit the power, power is what you get! In the gasoline-powered 2013 Honda Fit, the engine produces 106 lb-ft of torque.

The Fit EV’s 92kW high-density coaxial electric motor produces 189 lb-ft of torque, a 77% increase!

There are three modes you can drive in with the Fit EV (notice the range changes according to the mode):

Normal Mode – the standard starting mode, with standard settings for all systems.

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Sport Mode uses the electric motor more aggressively, providing quicker acceleration and throttle response.

ECON Mode helps maximize your range, optimizing vehicle power and accessory load for maximum efficiency.

On a full charge, the Honda Fit EV gets a great range

The 6.6 kW onboard charger can recharge the battery in as little as three hours from a low-charge indicator illumination point, using a 240-volt circuit. Fit EV drivers can program when the charger turns on and off using either the Multi-Information Display or the smartphone app. This is especially useful when you want to take advantage of an electric company’s off-peak hours.

Charging can also be initiated or stopped using the remote. Suggests Dunham, “You can drive to Northampton for dinner, charge the car while you eat and check its progress with your smartphone. Of course, when you switch over to driving an electric vehicle, you do need to be well organized and diligent about planning your trips.

You can check your charge from your Smart Phone

The Fit EV s onboard navigation system does help with this, letting you know where the nearest charging stations are and then navigating your route to them.

More Fit EV s on Connecticut Roads?

The 2013 Fit EV, with these incredible lease terms, will be a hot ticket for Honda and a sought-after commuter vehicle for Connecticut drivers looking for an electric car experience. After the drive we took in it, we’re pretty sure the Fit EV drivers are going to fall in love with this new alternative to boring old combustion engines. But at the end of the three-year lease, they’ll be obligated to return the car to Honda. And that might be a more difficult adjustment than learning the ropes of converting to driving an electric vehicle!

Charging Electric Vehicles in CT

If you ve never driven an electric car before, you may be wondering about the mechanics of keeping it charged. Where can you charge an electric car in Connecticut. In addition to many private charging stations, you can find a map of public EV charging stations in Connecticut on CLP s website .

Not sure if a fully electric car is for you just yet? There are more and more hybrid options available, like the  Ford C-Max Energi  or  Ford Fusion Energi  models available at Hoffman Ford, the only Ford-certified electric dealership in Connecticut.

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