Turns out this is a little bit of a trick, because it’s not an individual – the first production version of the Honda Fit EV was delivered to the municipality of Torrance, California. Torrance also happens to be the head of Honda USA’a headquarters.
The first Honda Fit EV is part of a real-world test program to get feedback before the Honda Fit EV is officially on sale in the summer of 2012.
Honda has developed the Honda Fit EV for the sole purpose of getting in on the recent rush to electric powered vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi I and Ford Focus Electric. Like the Ford Focus Electric, the Honda Fit EV is built on the same platform as the gasoline powered Honda Fit. There are subtle changes to the design, such as the absence of a front frill and a charging port door that distinguish the Honda Fit EV from the non-EV version.
The Honda Fit EV is a 100% electric vehicle, and has an expected range of about 76 miles. The Honda Fit EV can charge in 3 hours using a 240volt, Level 2 charging station. The Honda Fit EV has a 92kw electric motor, and a battery pack that holds 20KwH of electric only driving goodness!
Initial test drives of the Honda Fit EV by members of the media left many of them wide eyed and amazed at the power, handling, and smoothness the Honda Fit EV delivered.