Well, it looks like at least one AutoblogGreen writer is a decent candidate to start leasing the battery-electric powered Honda Fit EV when it debuts this summer.

That's the result of Honda's "EV Readiness Assessment" (available here). Honda asks questions such as where the potential customer lives, the distance of his or her daily commute, residential garage access and whether he or she intends to install either a 120-volt or 240-volt home charging station. This writer gained points for his home base (Los Angeles), short commute and garage access, but he'd be well advised to spring for a station since Honda says that, for the charging-station-deprived, "it might be tough until EV infrastructure grows a bit more."

Honda estimates that the Fit EV will have an "adjusted" single-charge range of 76 miles, about equal to the Nissan Leaf battery-electric. The Japanese automaker unveiled the Fit EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November and said it would include a lithium-ion battery and a coaxial electric motor similar to the one used on the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle.


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      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Sebastian! Wanna get people screaming? Try this one.... http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2012/04/16/which-megacorps-pay-megataxes/ I won't read it of course, but you will do what you love, which is drive people to a murderous rampage! :)
        brotherkenny4
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Taxes paid in Angola are really operating costs not taxes. They can choose not to do business in Angola. They could also choose to locate their business somewhere else, but they don't. I'll bet that because this is the place where they get the best deal on taxes. Spin it how you want, but their tax rates are less than 15%. Murderous ranmpages are for those that hear the voices in their heads. "Is that you god, what is your demand?"
          marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          @ brotherkenny4 How do you always manage to get everything so wrong? Do you just make up these inaccurate pronouncements, or do you really not understand what you read. If you are in the business of extracting oil from an oil field in any country, you just can't relocate the oil field ! If that were the case the Cayman Islands would be a very oil rich nation ! Angola is not a tax haven for oil companies ! It's tax rate is over 70% !
        marcopolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        @ Ezee The writer Christopher Hellman is a particular favourite of mine. His coverage is shrewd and accurate, while remaining objective and penetrating. No friend to the oil companies, (his New York liberal credentials are impeccable) but fair and insightful. Unlike most journalists covering energy matters, Helman has gained access to the upper echelons of the energy corps on the basis of the concept that "it's better to deal with the devil you know" . But, yeah, I can see how such well reasoned information would whip some ABG readers into an apoplexy ! But, a very good post Ezee.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      in my opinion, the FIT is an ugly car. How about something more appealing? The CRZ would be perfect for the job! so would the insight, which has a decent amount of battery room designed into it already. I think using the FCX Clarity body would take the cake though.
        GoodCheer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I agree about the Clarity, that is a pretty, and slippery-looking, shape. But I also like the fit, it has great form-factor, and a small, light package means you get more range for your battery dollar. In an EV which will likely see few city miles, lightness can be more important that cD.
        Kei Jidosha
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        More range than the Leaf, i, or FFE. 6.6kW charger, selectable regen profiles, 5 passenger, small footprint, sports car handling, with more power than the ICE version. That looks pretty good to me. Especially for a conversion.
        karlInSanDiego
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Agree that CRZ is prettier but that's an apple to Leaf's orange. You can't pitch a 2 seater to the board at Honda when they saw the epic wash the fantastic original Insight was. It was a great car, sold as a loss leader that thankfully for them was always a niche and didn't gain a fantastic following. It's almost like Honda knew, if we make it that good (59mpg++++), and it appeals to everyone, we'll be hosed because we only charged $18k for it. Instead when I went to test drive one, the dealers were already telling everyone, "you don't want the two seater, you want the Civic Hybrid, which is just as good with a lot more utility". We all know what happened to the Civic Hybrid owners! Truth was, the secret the the Insight's magic was its light weight and efficiency through body optimization. So I agree the purist BEV designer at Honda would insist on building a prototype of each and show that you can/should optimize your BEV punch with the best car you can build, instead of a compromise car that seats 4, but they've been there, done that.
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only available for lease in California. 7kW charging, 20-kWh battery, 92-kW motor.
        Neil Blanchard
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        It will be available in other places in 2013 -- here in Massachusetts, for example. I think it is interesting that they are getting slightly longer range out of a smaller pack than the Leaf. 76 miles vs 73 and 20kWh vs 24kWh. Neil
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Neil Blanchard
          The real range of the Leaf is going to improve in the 2013 model year with the new heater, although that may not affect the EPA numbers.
          Vlad
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Neil Blanchard
          May be a function of size. Leaf is 175"x69.7"x61", Fit is 161"x66"x60" - smaller in every dimension.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        "7kW charging, 20-kWh battery, 92-kW " Sounds like a nice combo. I wish they would offer it for SALE though.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      76 miles sounds distinctly shorter than the LEAF. Nissan claims about 110 miles, the adjusted (real-world) range is about 85-90 miles.
        Neil Blanchard
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The city range on the Fit EV is 123 miles. The EPA range on the Leaf is 73 miles, so the Fit EV is getting more range from a smaller pack than the Leaf. Neil
          Dave R
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Neil Blanchard
          @Neil - you are comparing unadjusted and adjusted numbers - EPA doesn't explicitly publish a City/Hwy range, just efficiency. It does publish a combined range - I guess you could calculate the City/Hwy range yourself if you wanted. Here are the City/Hwy MPGe/Range EPA numbers of today's EVs: iMiEV: 126 MPGe / 99 MPGe / 62 mile range Focus EV: 110 MPGe / 99 MPGe / 76 mile range Fit EV: 123 MPGe / 95 MPGe / 76 mile range Active E: 107 MPGe / 96 MPGe / 94 mile range LEAF: 106 MPGe / 92 MPGe / 73 mile range Coda: 77 MPGe / 68 MPGe / 88 mile range
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Neil Blanchard
          I don't see "adjusted" range as EPA range. If it were EPA range, I would think they'd hint at that more.
          SVX pearlie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Neil Blanchard
          I look at it like this: 88-94 miles = CODA / Active E 73-76 miles = Leaf / Fit E / FFE 62 miles = MIEV
      JP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks a bit better than the LEAF, gets more range from a smaller pack, and should be a good bit cheaper. Too bad they are only leasing it, no thanks Honda.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      automaker EV efforts are like watching the special olympics. of the mental variety
      brotherkenny4
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better looking than the leaf. What's it cost?
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      • 3 Years Ago
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      SVX pearlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, so it's a Honda Leaf / FFE? Fine. 75-ish miles is enough for commuting & errands. What's the price? Are we talking $35k like the Leaf, or $40k like the FFE?
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SVX pearlie
        It has a 20KWH battery which is 1/2 way between the Mitsubishi-i and the Leaf. So hopefully it will be close to the Mitsubishi-i price. $32K maybe? Hopefully lower.
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