Honda Now Leasing Fit EV in Japan – Best Efficiency Claimed

American Honda began leasing the Fit EV  in some California and Oregon markets this summer, and will expand to six East Coast markets in early 2013. The Fit EV’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is a breathtaking $36,625 before $790 in delivery charges, with an estimated lease priced at $399 a month.

Honda Motor Company is now leasing its Fit EV to local governments and businesses in Japan. The Number Three Japanese automaker, in a head on assault against Number Two Nissan, is claiming that the Fit EV has the world’s best AC energy consumption rate of 106 Wh/km and a charge mileage of 225 km – ~140 miles – according to a standardized Japanese test during the so-called  JC08 mode. Your mileage may vary.

In an amusing Japanese based release, Honda said that the Fit EV engineering team adopted two key words – “Fun” and “Mottainai” (no waste) – as  they tried to create a vehicle with greater range requiring less battery capacity. Honda in Japan plans to lease approximately 200 Fit EVs in the next two years, mostly to local governments and businesses.

American Honda delivered the first 2013 Honda Fit EV to a couple in Southern California last July. The new Fit is rated at an Environmental Protection Agency mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe, with a consumption of 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles.

American Honda initially will lease Fit in some California and Oregon markets. Some East Coast locations will be added next year. The EV is lease-only with a price of $389 per month for three-years, which computes to a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,625. Collision coverage, maintenance costs and roadside assistance service included in lease. Gasoline versions of the Fit sell in the $16,200 to $21,000 range.

Based on the five-door, five-passenger Fit, the Fit EV has a 20-kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery and a compact 92-kilowatt ( or 123 horsepower maximum, but only100 or 63 horsepower in normal and economy modes) AC synchronous electric motor that generates 189 ft-lb of torque. The result is a claimed and unadjusted class-leading range of 132 miles.

The gasoline Fit has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 28/35/31 miles per gallon, and a 10.6-gallon tank for regular fuel.  It is powered by a 1.5-liter, i-VTEC four-cylinder engine rated at 117 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. Gasoline Fits only have a 5-speed manual or automatic transaxle available. Curb weight is in the 2500-2600 pound range. The Fit EV curb weight is 3252 pounds.


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