Fit EV Heading East

The all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV is coming to select East Coast markets later this month.

American Honda announced earlier today that the Fit EV will be available for lease at Honda dealerships in selected markets in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. Customers will be able to lease the Fit EV for a period of three years at a cost of $389 per month.

The Fit EV was first launched in California and Oregon in July 2012, and is exclusively available through a lease.

The 2013 Honda Fit EV is rated by the EPA at 118 MPGe, has an EPA-rated driving range of 82 miles, and a low energy-consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles.

“Expanding the availability of the ultra-efficient Fit EV to the East Coast is the next logical step in Honda’s strategic and customer-focused approach to growing the market for low-CO2, sustainable mobility technologies,” said Steve Center, vice president of the American Honda Environmental Business Development Office. “Combining Honda’s extensive EV experience with customers–which began 15 years ago with the Honda EV Plus–with the real-world feedback from early Fit EV lessees in several different markets will help us prepare for growing adoption of electric vehicles.”

Based on the five-passenger Honda Fit, the electric Fit EV features a 20-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a compact 92-kilowatt (123 horsepower) AC synchronous electric motor that generates 189 foot-pound of torque.

This powertrain is teamed to a chassis with a fully-independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode drive system. The result is, according to American Honda, a fun-to-drive EV.

An on-board charger allows the vehicle to be plugged into any household-type 120-volt outlet (dedicated GFCI outlet recommended) or an available 240-volt AC power supply.

When connected to a 240-volt circuit, the Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than three hours from a low charge indicator illumination point.

When connected to an outlet, charging can be started or stopped with an included Fit EV interactive remote control, through an available smartphone application or through the internet on a personal computer.

The Fit EV is offered at a lease price of $389 per month over a three-year term, computing, according to American Honda, to a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,625.