California city to test 2013 Fit EV

The electric 5-door hatchback is part of a study that also includes Google and Stanford University, and will provide Honda with real-world feedback on the new EV’s performance.

Honda is a heavyweight automaker – the world’s sixth largest – and its products have enviable reputations for reliability and fuel efficiency. So when Honda delivers an electric vehicle, it’s a newsworthy event…even if it’s just one car. Yes, Honda delivered a single 2013 Fit EV to the city of Torrance, California on Friday. The electric 5-door hatchback is part of a study that also includes Google and Stanford University, and will provide Honda with real-world feedback on the new EV’s performance.

Honda’s Steve Center handed the keys to the mayor on the steps of City Hall, and made the obligatory speech.

"This is an exciting day as we take another important step toward Honda's comprehensive vision for reducing CO2 emissions while at the same time advancing our relationship with the city of Torrance. Honda has a long history with electric vehicles starting with the introduction of our first battery-electric car, the EV Plus, nearly 15 years ago. With Honda's extensive experience and the real-world feedback from the city of Torrance, we will be even more prepared for the further customer adoption of electric vehicles."

The Fit EV, which Honda first unveiled in 2011, has a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery and 92-kW coaxial electric motor, and claims a range of about 76 miles. It’s scheduled to go on the retail market in California and Oregon this summer.

 

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