The Fit EV is propelled by an AC synchronous, permanent magnet coaxial traction motor and low-friction reduction gearbox. Those who know the Honda FCX Clarity, might notice that the Fit EV has the same powertrain setup (albeit, a different source of power).
Honda originally said the Fit EV would get anywhere from 70-100 miles of range in concept form and the EPA rated it at 82 miles, taking first place among competitors. In addition, the fuel economy was measured at 118 MPGe--the highest for any electric car.
With Fit EV, there are a many ways to stay connected to the car from afar. Like most EVs, Honda has an app available for users to set charge times for "off-peak" hours, depending on the energy company's rate schedule. When connected to the grid, users can program an ideal cabin temperature and time for the car to be ready. If one were to typically depart for work in the morning at 8:30 AM, the Fit EV could take that information and charge at different points in the evening and overnight to minimize costs.
Also included with the car is an electric keyfob that acts similarly to the smartphone app, but with a simplified feature set. The keyfob allows drivers to view the battery's charge, start charging, and activate the climate control. Keep in mind, the key fob doesn't require an internet connection or cell phone to communicate with your car.
The Honda Fit EV represents Honda's return to a technology and environmental leader among its competitors. The only problem we see is that there won't be enough of the Fit EV to go around. Honda plans to lease only 1,100 over the next three years, and no vehicles will be available for purchase. The unique $399/month lease offer does cover maintenance and insurance though.
Honda's Fit EV may have made a splash with impressive range and MPGe ratings, but the company is still just dipping its toe into the electric vehicle marketplace.