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Fun EV electrifies the zero-emissions segment
by Sami Haj-Assaad
It's been over a year since high-profile electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and Mitsubishi i went on sale. But now Honda is ready to throw the Fit EV into the mix to show that electric cars can be economical and green, but also fun.
Honda claims that the new Fit is not only more enjoyable to drive than its counterparts, but is also more efficient and can also go farther on a single charge. Plus, a full charge takes just three hours or less.
With the big promises having been made, we traveled to Pasadena, California, one of the cities the Fit EV will launch in later in July, to run the sub-compact electric car through its paces.
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California and Oregon will be the first markets that will be receiving the Honda Fit EV, with six other east-coast markets scheduled for next year. Interested parties will be able to get this electric go-getter for $389 a month, over three years, which would roughly mean the Fit EV carries a MSRP somewhere in the area of $36,625, close to the price of a Nissan Leaf.
While it might just sound like an expensive subcompact, there is plenty here that makes up the price of the EV variant. First, its 118 MPGe combined rating is the best electric car rating given from the EPA, with 132 MPGe city and 105 MPGe highway.
The Fit EV also gets a range of 82 miles per charge, another top of class grade. Finally, to make the trifecta complete, it boasts the fastest charging time at around three hours.
Alone, those three elements should easily sell the Fit EV to 1,100 customers per year. Then there’s the fun factor.