Honda has an electric Fit

Honda unveiled the Fit EV concept at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Honda Fit EV
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With its small engine, the Honda Fit gets excellent fuel economy and produces few smog-causing pollutants, but at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda showed it could make the Fit even greener. On display was a concept version of an electric Fit, dubbed the Fit EV.

Using an electric motor similar to the one it developed for the Clarity fuel cell vehicle and a lithium-ion battery pack, Honda says the Fit EV will drive for 100 miles between recharges and hit a top speed of 90 mph. The driver can select between three drive modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport. In Sport mode, Honda claims the Fit EV will deliver the acceleration of a 2-liter gas engine.

Charging times are fairly typical for current electric vehicle technology, at less than 12 hours with a 120 volt outlet and less than 6 hours with a 240 volt outlet.

Few changes were made to the Fit body for the EV version. Honda closed off the front grille and redesigned the headlight casings for better aerodynamics. The interior remains unchanged, with the same versatile seating arrangement.

Drivers will be able to view the charging status of their vehicles on the Web, on a smartphone app, or on a special remote for the car, which will also let them set charging times.

Honda expects to put the Fit EV into production in 2012.

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