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Honda will debut production Fit EV, 4th generation CR-V at LA Auto Show

Honda will debut two all-new models, the 2013 Fit EV and the 2012 CR-V at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 16 November. The battery-electric Fit EV concept vehicle debuted at last year’s LA show and the production model appears this year. (Earlier post.)

At the 2010 introduction, Honda said the Fit EV production model would powered by a lithium-ion battery and a high-density coaxial electric motor derived from the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle; the Fit EV will have a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h).

The Fit EV was targeted to achieve an estimated 100-mile (161 km) driving range per charge using the US LA4 city cycle—70 miles (113 km) when applying EPA’s adjustment factor. Driving range can be maximized by use of a 3-mode electric drive system, adapted from the 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid.

CR-V. As one of the best-selling SUV's in the United States, the fourth-generation 2012 CR-V will showcase new exterior and interior styling, improved fuel economy and added technology features.

Comments

Arne

In about 2 yrs I'll be looking for a replacement for my Prius (company car). I hope it will be on sale by that time, as I have always been a fan of the Fit after driving one for only a year and half. 113 km EPA range is about the same as a LEAF, the main contender for the honour being my next car ;-). Let's hope Honda hurries up.

ChrisL

I also have my eye on the Fit EV for my next car, although I am planning to wait until its second model year, which would be the 2014 model year (available late 2013). The third generation Fit also debuts for the 2014 model year, which may provide Honda an opportunity to incorporate battery technology advances in the Fit EV, and make it lighter (I'll be especially interested to see if they publish the Fit EV's weight next month).

Nissan is also planning three new EVs.

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I would go for the Leaf because it is a dedicated EV with a battery at the floor and not in the trunk area as I suspect will be the only option for the Fit EV and the Focus EV. I know I need a trunk and the handling should also be better when the battery is in the floor area. The other thing is volume and price. By ultimo 2013 the Leaf is made by 50k in Japan, 150k in the USA and 50k in the UK. I think Nissan will and can lower the Leaf’s price substantially at that time. The Leaf also has 50k watt charging which the Focus will not have and likely also not the Fit EV.

I suspect both Ford and Honda are selling the Fit EV and Focus EV to get some usage data and roll out EV services at their auto shops so that it will be ready when they can launch the real EVs in year 2015 or 2016 with a battery in the floor area.

Arne

@Henrik,

Thanks for the info. Fast charging is a must-have.

I have already discovered some fast chargers along the highway in exactly the right places for me. Hope they install at least a dozen more, and then there is nothing to stop me going electric!

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