Honda heats up EV battle with reduced lease price
For its Fit EV, Honda announces a reduced leasing price of $259 per month over three years.
Tesla may havewhen it used tortured logic and financing agreements to come up with a $500-per-month price for the Model S, but Honda sets out to clear things up with its own simple lease plan for the . The company announced today that it would offer its Fit EV for $259 per month on a three-year lease with no down payment, unlimited miles, and included insurance coverage.
When Honda introduced the Fit EV last year, it offered similar lease terms at a price of $389 per month. Along with the new, reduced price, Honda is throwing in a Leviton home charging station for the car.
This leasing change comes in the face of new competition, with both theand the hitting the market with a $199-per-month lease price. However, none of these other cars includes insurance coverage or unlimited miles.
Not that anyone is likely to take the Fit EV on an extended road trip, as its range comes in at 82 miles in EPA estimates, similar to other EVs in its class. Still, in CNET's, it proved nimble and had excellent acceleration, comparing very favorably with other electric vehicles on the market, such as the and the .
Honda also seems intent on making a real business out of the Fit EV, rather than just using it to comply with new CAFE requirements. Honda says it is expanding certified dealers for the Fit EV, sold in eight states, from the current 36 up to 200 by this summer.
People interested in the Fit EV can check the Honda Web site to see if the car is sold in their area.