Honda Fit EV Concept Introduced at LA Auto Show
Honda Fit EV to maximize range through 3-mode electric drive system; production version anticipated for 2012
After months of hinting about an electric car concept, Honda unveiled the Fit EV Concept electric car at the LA Auto Show this week. The Honda Fit EV Concept hints at the technology and design to be used in Honda's upcoming production Fit EV all-electric car.
The Honda Fit EV has the same 5-passenger layout present in the current Fit hatchback. The Honda Fit EV production model will be powered by a lithium-ion battery and coaxial electric motor. The high-density motor, derived from the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle, delivers excellent efficiency and power while remaining quiet at high speeds. The Honda Fit EV is expected to have a top speed of 90 mph.
The Honda Fit EV has an estimated 100-mile driving range per charge, and battery recharging takes less than 12 hours when using a conventional 120-volt outlet, and less than six hours when using a 240-volt outlet. The Honda Fit EV is equipped with an innovative 3-mode electric drive system, which allows the driver to select between Econ, Normal, and Sport to maximize efficiency or improve acceleration. While in Econ mode, driving range can increase by as much as 17 percent, compared to driving in Normal mode, and up to 25 percent compared to driving in Sport mode. Acceleration improves significantly when in Sport mode, generating performance similar to a vehicle equipped with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine.
In order to optimize performance, the high tech Honda Fit EV will include interactive coaching systems to assist drivers in maximizing battery range. In addition, a special meter display lets the driver know when to shut off air conditioning and other accessories to conserve battery power.
The Honda Fit EV is expected to be introduced to the U.S. and Japan in 2012, at a currently unannounced anticipated sticker price.