American Honda Motor Co Inc., recently announced that it has delivered its first Fit Electric Vehicle to an actual retail customer.
Woodland Hills Honda, on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, in Woodland Hills, Calif., sold the 2013 Fit EV to Ventura County residents Matt and Becky Walton.
The couple, who were the very first to register for the Fit EV leasing program, are longtime Honda owners, having started off with a tiny N600 two-door sedan (the very first Honda officially sold in the U.S.) back in the 1970s. They plan to use the Fit EV as a commuter car, with their other vehicle, an Odyssey minivan being employed on secondary duties.
Honda is currently offering the Fit EV on a lease-only basis in California and Oregon, increasing availability via a select number of East Coast markets early next year. Offered at a monthly lease rate of $389, over a three-year period (which results in a MSRP of $36,625), the Fit EV has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 118 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) with combined city/highway range rating of 82 miles.
The Fit EV employs an onboard charger with 120 or 240-volt compatibility and Honda says, that via the latter, the car’s 20 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack can be replenished in less than three hours from a low charge indicator.