by Ryan ZumMallen on 12.12.2012 18:23
With great efficiency and a lightning quick charge, the 2013 Honda Fit EV may be the most practical electric car on the market right now.
Honda waited to offer their first electric car, but that time was apparently spent wisely. The 2013 Honda Fit EV is technologically impressive and quite fun to drive, and is available now in California and Oregon. The car will be available on the east coast next month, and ahead of its expanded market, we had an opportunity to drive it at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
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The 2013 Honda Fit EV boasts some very impressive numbers for its segment. The 92 kW coaxial electric motor will power the car for an EPA rated 82 miles, at an eye-popping rate of 118 MPGe. Honda kept the weight down and saved space by using a smaller 20 kWh battery, and it pays dividends in both driving and charging. Honda recommends charging the Fit EV only up to 85% of capacity to lengthen its life, and with a 240V charger, that’ll take just three hours – the blink of an eye in EV world.
The electric compact segment is growing with the imminent arrival of the FIAT 500e and Chevrolet Spark EV, but at the moment it’s still relatively small. Compared to electric cars currently on the market, the 2013 Honda Fit EV has higher range than both the Mitsubishi MiEV and the Nissan Leaf. Available for a three-year lease at $369 per month, it’s certainly not cheap, but that’s the price of early technology. Besides, driving one might make you think the price isn’t so bad.
Simply put, the 2013 Honda Fit EV feels like the future. Though the interior isn’t fancy, everything is bright and dynamic with trendy styling. The wide assortment of buttons are all within reach without being cluttered, and warm colors surround you to make a cabin made of rather cheap materials seem not only inviting and comfortable, but fun and interesting.
Compared to the dull interiors in the MiEV and Leaf, the 2013 Fit EV sets a new standard for the electric segment. It is a little offsetting to use a turnkey when a simple Start/Stop button would complete the aesthetic, however.
On the road, you’ll have the same driving experience that the gasoline-powered Honda Fit provides. The car is light with excellent steering feedback and instant electric torque, so while the 2013 Honda Fit EV isn’t powerful, it does dart through city streets like nobody’s business. You can enter sharp turns with plenty of confidence, even chirping the tires without any drama from the suspension. On the whole, the 2013 Honda Fit EV is as refined and practical as any electric car available today.
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