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Honda Fit EV Concept Unveiled at the 2010 LA Auto Show

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You didn't think Honda would go to the LA Auto Show unprepared, did you? With all those carmakers showing off their hybrids and EV's, it's only fair that the Japanese automotive giant would bring a competitor for Nissan's LEAF, in the shape of the new Fit EV Concept.

Honda’s long history with electromotive technologies has enabled us to understand customer requirements,” said Takanobu Ito, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO. “In Honda’s view, an electric vehicle must offer great utility and be fun to drive. Fit EV’s urban commuting capability will be a perfect addition to the full-function mobility of the plug-in hybrid and FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle.

The concept is based on the gasoline powered Fit (or Jazz in other markets) model, with the exterior design features taken from the the design language we've come to know, except for a few minor revisions here and there.

The 5-door Honda Fit EV will be powered by a lithium-ion battery and a version of the electric motor used in the automaker's FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle. The battery can be recharged in less than 12 hours using a standard 120V outlet, and less than six hours with a 240V outlet.

According to Honda, the Fit EV will have a driving range of 100 miles (160 km) and will be able to reach a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h). The Fit EV will provide drivers with a selection of up to three electric drive modes, adapted from the 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid. In Economy mode, the emphasis is on saving power and optimizing consumption, Normal mode is all about the comfort, and the Sport mode is said to generate performance equal to that of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine.

Although it is only a concept for now, the Fit EV will begin production sometime in 2012.
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