The Honda Fit EV Driven At AltCar Expo
When Honda announced it would build an electric car, many scratched their heads while others rejoiced. The other very pragmatic Japanese carmaker is not known to boldly rush where no one has gone before and the chance of spending some time behind its wheel revealed a lot about how far it has come and still how far it needs to go.
Technically Speaking. The Honda Fit EV packs a lot on paper. Sporting 123 HP and 189 lb-ft of torque, the motor is fed by a 20-kWh air-cooled lithium-ion battery. The range is what will probably intrigue you the most, the highly optimistic LA4 driving loop is rated at 123 miles. However, the EPA range 76 miles based on a frivolous consumption 29 kWh per 100 miles. Toshiba makes the battery pack and the Fit looks no different than its gasoline version, save for differentiating stickers.
While the floor sits three inches higher than the gasoline model due to the battery pack occupying the floor pan, the Fit’s generous ceiling didn’t make it noticeable. Although its gasoline counterpart has won industry accolades, the electric version shows serious promises, if Honda decides to stray go ahead with an electric car full production.