Los Angeles Auto Show: Honda Fit EV

November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Scheduled for production in 2012, says Honda. The Fit EV (aka Jazz, Honda’s supermini) promises a range of up to 100 miles and three modes – Econ, Normal and Sport (self-explanatory). Performance in Sport mode will affect the range – reduced by up to 25% compared to Econ – but is said to be comparable with that of a 2.0-litre petrol engine. Neat features will include interactive ‘coaching systems’ to help the driver get the maximum range, advising on driving style and the shutdown of accessories and suchlike; there’ll be standard connectivity with smartphones or PCs, giving remote controls to monitor state of charge and initiate charging, apps for charging alerts and optimised utility rates, sat nav and charging point locators.

Honda has also shown off its own swipe-card EV charging station, and a platform for a midsize plug-in hybrid saloon, which will combine a 120kW electric motor and a 2.0-litre petrol engine to give a 10-15 mile range and 62mph top speed in all-electric mode.

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