A better lease deal and more availability seem to have led to a surge in demand for the Fit EV, and dealers may not be able to keep up. The electric hatchback can now be leased for $259, with no limit on annual mileage, and it’s available at every Honda dealer in eight states (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island), over 200 in all.
In at least a few locales, the few Fits on the lots have been snapped up, and waiting lists have been established. However, as Honda VP Steve Center told Green Car Reports, production constraints at the low-volume factory in Japan where the Fit EV is assembled mean that the US supply will remain the same in the near future – 40 to 50 units per month.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Southern California dealerships are selling out – one prospective buyer was told that all 1,100 vehicles that Honda plans to sell in the US are already spoken for.
Interest in the upcoming crop of mini-EVs, including the Chevrolet Spark EV and Fiat 500e, has also been high, according to the Times – some Chevy and Fiat dealers have been forced to stop taking orders.
Meanwhile, Honda is now including a Leviton 32 amp, 240 volt (Level 2) home charging station with every Fit EV lease. Installation is available through Leviton for an additional charge.
Leviton’s UL-listed charger features a NEMA watertight enclosure, and comes with a warranty and lifetime telephone support. Customers also receive a proprietary installation kit that enables them to remove and re-install the charging station without any special tools, allowing customers to easily take their charging station with them in case they move.
“Leviton has designed a charging station that capitalizes on the efficiency of the all-electric Fit EV,” said Steve Center. “Through the use of the Leviton 32 amp, 240 volt charging station Honda customers can charge their Honda Fit EV in a class-leading three hours.”
Sources: Honda, Leviton, Green Car Reports, PluginCars.com, Los Angeles Times