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2013 Honda Fit EV begins leasing 20 July in California and Oregon for $389/month

Fit EV. Click to enlarge.

The battery-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV (earlier post) will be available for lease beginning 20 July 2012, with a three-year lease price of $389 per month. The Fit EV received the highest fuel-efficiency rating given yet by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with an adjusted combined mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe, with a fuel consumption rating of 29 kWh per 100 miles. (Earlier post.)

The Fit EV will be available for lease-only in key markets in Oregon and California, after which availability will expand to six East Coast markets in early 2013. The Fit EV’s three-year lease price of $389 per month works out to a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,625.

Under the hood. Click to enlarge.

Based on the popular five-door, five-passenger Fit and Fit Sport, the Fit EV features a 20 kWh Li-ion battery and a compact 92 kW (123 hp) AC synchronous electric motor that generates 189 ft-lb (256 N·m) of torque. The powertrain is teamed to a chassis with a fully-independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode drive system adapted from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid. EPA combined city/highway estimated driving range rating is 82 miles.

The electric motor drives the Fit EV through a high-efficiency coaxial gearbox with a single forward ratio. The 3-Mode Drive System’s ECON mode can help the driver improve range from the NORMAL mode, while in the SPORT mode, improved responsiveness adds to the Fit EV’s fun-to-drive nature. In all modes, a new regenerative braking system returns energy to the battery pack during deceleration and braking. Additionally, a driver-selectable “B” mode optimizes the rate of regenerative braking.

The electrically power-assisted hydraulic braking system utilizes 11.1-inch ventilated front discs and 8.7-inch rear drums, along with a new electric servo braking system that helps to recharge the lithium-ion battery pack while the vehicle is coasting or braking. Electric Power Steering (EPS) is standard.

An onboard 6.6 kW charger allows the vehicle to be plugged into any household-type 120-volt or available 240-volt AC power supply. When connected to a 240-volt circuit, the Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than three hours from a low charge indicator illumination point. When connected to an outlet, charging can be started or stopped with an included Fit EV interactive remote control, through an available smartphone application, or through the internet on a personal computer.

An interactive remote control with a range of up to 100 feet can also control charging and operation of the climate control system when the Fit EV is connected to a power supply. To allow charging at the lowest available electricity rates, charge scheduling can be set via the Multi-Information Display (MID) or by an available free Fit EV smartphone app.

Fit EV firsts:

  • First use of next-gen Honda Bio-Fabric seat material
  • First Honda model to use new HondaLink EV telematics
  • First Fit model to feature multi-link rear suspension
  • First Fit model to use lightweight aluminum front subframe

Aerodynamic innovations include a revised and more efficient front end, grille area and lower fascia. Along the body sides, the rocker panels now feature aggressive air-control shapes behind the front wheels as well as ahead of the rear wheels. The rear spoiler and lower fascia have been redesigned to further reduce aerodynamic drag.

The Fit EV is manufactured by Honda at the New Model Center in Tochigi, Japan, the same facility that manufactures the FCX Clarity fuel-cell electric vehicle. It is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile Limited Vehicle Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile Corrosion Limited Warranty. The Fit EV Lithium-Ion Battery Warranty is in addition to Limited Warranty and continues for the duration of the lease of the vehicle.

Honda offers a diverse range of alternative fuel vehicles, including the Honda FCX Clarity fuel-cell electric vehicle; multiple gas-electric hybrid models; and the US’ only mass-produced natural gas vehicle, the Honda Civic Natural Gas.



That lease quote includes Honda keeping the $7500 Fed tax credit, its used as a down payment.

The lease:

Subject to limited availability through October 2014 in designated market regions on approved credit through American Honda Finance Corp. Closed end lease for 2013 Honda Fit EV for well-qualified lessees meeting specific use and operation requirements. Not all applicants will qualify. No purchase option at lease end. MSRP $37,415(includes destination). Excludes tax, title, license, registration, options and insurance. Zero capitalized cost reduction due from Lessee; electric vehicle federal tax credit applied as capitalized cost reduction. Lessee responsible for tax on capitalized cost reduction where applicable. Total monthly payments $14,004.00. Lessee responsible for non-routine maintenance, excessive wear/tear and up to $0.20/mi. over 12,000 mi./yr. Lease includes collision coverage, routine maintenance, roadside assistance and navigation system updates.


The Fit EV weighs 3,250lbs, vs 2,550lbs for a regular one.


Are they interrested to sell or they just do that because they have to justify having received subsidies ?

Maybe the dismal sales of the nissan leaf and mitsubishi imiev put a hand-break on their ambitions.

If ever the tesla model s is not a success then the bev market could be just a bad story but hydrogen might replace all of that in the green-electric car market and unfortunately only goddam time will tell that because for now tesla just build one model s per day, so we have to wait and wait almost endlessly to see if our predictions get real.

Stop smoking, stop drinking alcool, stay away from diesel exhaust, live a safe life because 2015 and far beyoung might enlighted us because for now the market is moving slowly and we have to stay alive for the next 20-30 years to know if presently we are right or wrong.


Out weighs the ICE by 25%, complex under the hood, ugly and expensive.

Maybe it accelerates OK.


Its lighter and has more hp than a Leaf. Supposedly Honda did a good job at it, too much effort for just a CARB compliance car.


Much of the effort (cost) is in holding the cost down.

Low develpment cost can equal light weight, high mpg, good acceleration but high production cost and high sales price.

An "affordable" CARB compliance car.

Affordable for Honda to design.

Affordable for buyers need not be an issue for a CARB compliance car.


This is another (early) foot in the affordable EV doorway.
Both price and weight will go down with lighter, lower cost future batteries and increased mass production (in the right places).

Interesting years ahead for affordable EVs.


The arrival of the new Ecomove QBEAK EV with its 200/300 miles range, 400 Kg ultra light weight body and six modular plug in batteries may be one of the first long range affordable, long lasting EV on the market place latter this year. It is a complete different way to build an ultra light weight EV.


This seems a good intermediate EV when the EV parts are fitted to an existing vehicle and the Fit/Jazz is a good choice for this. The next step is a vehicle desiged from the ground up to be an EV so the packing of the EV parts can be optimised along with cooling / aerodynamics.

I had to read this twice An interactive remote control with a range of up to 100 feet can also control charging and operation of the climate control system ...


3PS...just order a QBEAK Monday morning!


This looks like $20 - $30 more per month than a Volt. Granted it would appear to have a 60 mile range vs the Volt's 40 miles, but the Volt has the ICE backup giving unlimited range. The Fit and the Leaf both sound like poor value for the money compared to the Volt. When battery costs are down to $100/kwh and can take a fast charge, a full 80kwh - 300 mile - EV might be cost effective, but a Volt EV with its ICE range extender seems like the better deal.


It actually looks like the Honda Fit EV is $20 - $30 less per month than a Volt to me (considering the collision coverage throw-in by Honda), NOT more.


Furthermore, it seems the leasees of Fit EVs are entitled to the $2,500 California rebate, which does not look like pocket change to me.

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