For 2013, the Honda Fit subcompact was converted to a zero-emissions model operating with an electric powerplant. The Fit EV was actually the second battery-powered electric car to be publicly available from Honda to American drivers (the first being the EV Plus leased-out in the late 1990s). Replacing the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and gas tank, the 2013 Fit EVs powertrain consists of a 92-kilowatt AC synchronous electric motor fed by electrical energy stored in a 20 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.
Propelled by the equivalent of 123 horsepower, the electric powerplant of the Fit is actually more potent than the gasoline model. The Honda Fit EV achieved an EPA-rated range of 82 miles on a full electrical charge. The fit also includes an on-board charger if away from an electrical charging unit. Using a 240-volt charging unit, the vehicles battery pack could be fully replenished from empty in three hours.
Aside from the electric power train, the Fit has also been loaded with a host of features. HondaLink EV telematics, bio-fabric seating, six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity and an interactive remote control came standard on the electric vehicle. Driving the Honda Fit, the motorist can operate in three different driving modes consisting of econ, normal and sport settings.
First sold in certified dealerships in California and Oregon, the Honda Fits availability was increased to additional states a short time later. Similar to the EV Plus, Honda offered the 2014 Fit EV to consumers on a lease-only basis. Only 1,100 Honda Fit EVs are set to be produced for drivers in the United States.