The Fit EV has a familiar shape but adds aerodynamic touches like a rear roofline spoiler.
A Rolling Statement
The aerodynamic 15-inch alloy wheels and its exclusive color give the Fit EV a unique look.
You’re right; the rear bumper is missing something: a tailpipe.
A Battery Breakthrough
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have been used in consumer electronics for more than a decade. In that time, the capacity and durability of these batteries has increased dramatically. Case in point the 20kWh battery module inside the Fit EV.
Compared to most other Li-ion batteries currently in use, the Fit EV battery can be charged quicker, has twice the number of charge cycles and can operate in a much wider temperature range. So if you were waiting for a battery breakthrough before getting an electric vehicle, your wait is over.
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation with Voice Recognition and Rearview Camera
The standard navigation system in the Fit EV includes unique features designed specifically for EV life. Concentric range circles indicate, in real time, an estimate of how far you can travel on the battery’s current charge. If you need to charge up, simply push the TALK button on the steering wheel and say “Find the nearest 240-volt charging station.”
3-Mode Drive System
The 3-mode drive system lets YOU decide how the car should perform. Sport mode for power, ECON mode for efficiency or Normal mode for a perfect balance of the two. The gauges will illuminate green in ECON, blue in Normal and Red in Port mode.
Normal Mode: Start your Fit EV and you’ll be in Normal mode, which provides standard settings for all systems.
Sport Mode: Switch to Sport mode, and the Fit EV will use the electric motor more aggressively, providing quicker acceleration and throttle response.
ECON Mode: To maximize your range, use ECON mode. This will optimize vehicle power and accessory load for maximum efficiency. ECON mode can increase your driving range by as much as 17 percent compared to driving in Normal mode. (The Fit EV’s 123-mile range was internally calculated using Normal mode).
Automatic Climate Control
Is 68 degrees your comfort zone? How about 71? With the Fit EV’s Automatic Climate Control, simply set it and forget it!
As you’d expect, the gauges on an electric vehicle are going to be a little different instead of a fuel gauge, there’s a state of charge indicator. Front and center sits the range meter, which fluctuates depending on how you drive, what mode you drive in and various other factors, like if you have the air conditioning on.
Connect With your Car: The Fit EV includes an advanced HondaLink™ system as standard equipment. With this system and the Fit EV app, you can communicate with your vehicle from a smartphone using the Android or iOS operating system, a personal computer or the interactive remote. It allows you to monitor its state of charge, commence charging, and find out what the current range estimate is or how long it will be before the car is fully charged. You can also set the charge timer to take advantage of off-peak charging, and start the climate control system using electricity from the grid rather than the car’s battery.
Interactive Remote: The Fit EV also includes an interactive remote control for those who don’t use a smartphone. The remote works within 100 feet (30 meters) of the vehicle and allows you to start or stop charging, as well as see its current state of charge. Want to pre-cool the cabin on a hot day? Use the remote to turn on the air conditioning.
The floor mounted gear selector may look like one you’d find on your typical automatic transmission-equipped vehicle, but the Fit EV doesn’t have gears. You’ll only find positions for Park, Reverse, Drive and, for those who enjoy aggressive regenerative braking, a “B” position. The “B” position is perfect when driving down a long hill since it will not only slow the vehicle but also provide extra braking energy regeneration to the battery.
Bio Fabric Seats
The environmental thinking behind the Fit EV even extends to the origin of the plant-based seat fabric. Honda engineers decided to use a sugarcane based material to avoid increasing the demand for a nutritional crop like corn.
A Powerful 92kW Electric Motor
Think EVs are slow? Not this one. Using the same 92kW high-density coaxial electric motor as the much larger FCX Clarity, the Fit EV’s powerful acceleration is a treat for driving enthusiasts. Consider this: The gasoline engine in the Fit produces 106 lb-ft of torque. The Fit EV? Try 188. That’s a 77% increase.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Like the CR-Z Sport Hybrid, the Fit EV features a 3-mode drive system, allowing you to tailor the driving experience to your preference. Looking to stretch the miles between charges? Keep it in ECON. Need to pass a slow-moving truck? Push the SPORT button. The Fit EV lets you decide how to drive.
The Fun One
The Fit has always been known for its nimble handling and the Fit EV is no exception. The Fit EV’s low center of gravity and independent rear suspension provide an entertaining, all-electric ride.
We believe all vehicles should adhere to high safety standards. The Fit EV is certified to the same government safety standards as every other new passenger vehicle available for sale. Six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) all come standard.
The Fit EV is also equipped with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) connectors in two second-row seating positions that provide a simple and convenient way of attaching child seats.
An Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. Front airbags and front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) help protect you and your passengers.
The lithium-ion battery is designed to be non-reactive in any crash or puncture and is encased in a steel jacket.
Honda’s Safety Philosophy
Honda is committed to providing safety for everyone–that means crash protection not only for our own drivers and passengers, but also for the occupants of other vehicles, and injury mitigation for pedestrians. We are dedicated to identifying and implementing advanced designs and features that help enhance the safety of vehicles on the road. http://corporate.honda.com/safety/
Research for a Honda electric vehicle initially began in 1991. After years of development, a prototype was produced in 1995 using a nickel-metal hydride battery – the first of its kind for a major automaker. The production version was manufactured between 1997 and 1999 and was available for lease in California.
For three decades, Honda has played a leading role in meeting environmental challenges.
Efficient, Even for an EV
It figures that the company named “Greenest Automaker” by the Union of Concerned Scientists for the fifth consecutive time also makes one of the most efficient electric vehicles in its class. In typical Honda fashion, the Fit EV uses less energy to do more. Its battery may be of similar size to other EVs, but it’s how the energy is used that lets Honda offer an internally-estimated 76 miles of EPA-combined range.
No tailpipe. Period.
The Fit EV produces zero emissions. Not a single drop of gas is used to propel the car. Plus, the source of electricity for many charging locations may include energy from renewables like hydro or wind and more and more homeowners are installing solar panels that could also provide a clean energy source of power for the Fit EV.
Environmentally Responsible, Inside and Out
The environmentally conscious thinking behind the Fit EV goes all the way down to the type of plant used to make the seats: sugarcane. Why sugarcane? Because using this non-essential crop does not add to the demand for a nutritional food source like corn or soy.