The newest San Francisco treat just might be the Honda Fit EV, which car-sharing service Zipcar says will be available to its customers there starting this month.

Zipcar will station Fit EVs at City Hall as well as the InterContinental and Parc 55 hotels. The car-sharing company, which says the EV can be recharged from a 240-volt station in less than three hours, will rent out the car at a starting rate of $8 an hour.

Zipcar will also hold demonstrations and free test drives next Monday and Tuesday at San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza. The company says it will add Fit EVs to its fleets in Los Angeles and Portland, OR, this fall.

The Fit EV, whose first deliveries were in California in July, has been rated by the EPA to have a single-charge range of 82 miles, or nine miles more than the Nissan Leaf. Honda is leasing out a limited number of Fit EVs in the state for $389 a month. Check out the press release below.
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zipcar san francisco fleet now includes new honda fit ev
zipcar and honda bring sustainable transportation alternatives to city residents
Sep 13, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipcar, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZIP), the world's leading car sharing network, and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today announced the introduction of 2013 Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicles (BEV) into the Zipcar fleet, starting in San Francisco. The addition of the new electric vehicles comes as a result of the program announced by Honda and Zipcar in April 2012, through which Honda became a Zipcar preferred vehicle manufacturer with a focus on hybrid and electric vehicles.

The new Honda Fit EVs will be placed in Zipcar locations throughout San Francisco this month, including the InterContinental Hotel, Parc 55 (near the Powell St. BART) and City Hall at 34 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. These vehicles will be available for hourly reservation by all Zipcar members, starting from just $8.00 per hour. Zipcar and Honda also have plans to introduce additional Honda Fit EV vehicles to Zipcar fleets in Los Angeles and Portland, OR, this fall.

To celebrate the introduction of the new vehicles into Zipcar's San Francisco fleet, Zipcar and Honda will be offering demonstrations and test drives of the new Honda Fit EV as part of the "Charge Across Town" EV Week event at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco on September 17 and 18, 2012. The event is free and open to the public, and both consumers and members of the media are invited to preview the vehicle and see how it works with Zipcar's technology.

"The introduction of the Honda Fit EVs into the Zipcar fleet allows our members to drive one of the most technologically-advanced vehicles on the road while reducing environmental impact," said Mark Norman, Zipcar president and COO. "These vehicles add to the selection of smart and sustainable options Zipcar currently offers, and will help increase overall awareness of an exciting new technology in a vehicle we know our members will love."

Honda's 2013 Fit EV, based on its popular five-passenger Fit, earns a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe1, and an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours per 100 miles1. The 100-percent electric Honda Fit EV features a 20-kilowatt-hour Lithium-Ion battery and a compact 92-kilowatt AC synchronous electric motor that generates 189 ft-lb of torque. When connected to a 240-volt circuit, the Honda Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than three hours from a low charge indicator illumination point2.

The agreement between Honda and Zipcar gives Zipcar members increased access to Honda's most technologically advanced, lowest emission vehicles, making an already transformational service even more sustainable. Zipcar's platform is ideal for the inclusion of these types of vehicles as it allows urban dwelling, tech-savvy drivers to get a firsthand introduction to the newest technology and share that experience within their networks.

Zipcar is a longstanding pioneer in using advanced vehicle technologies. It was the first car sharing company in the United States to introduce electric vehicles, starting in Boston in 2002, and the first to offer hybrid vehicles through a partnership with Honda in Seattle in 2003. Zipcar member surveys show a strong interest in the use of advanced technology and alternate fuel vehicles in the program.

About Honda
Honda offers a diverse lineup of 13 cars and trucks that include the mid-sized Accord, the compact Civic line-up of seven individual models, CR-V crossover SUV and Odyssey minivan. Honda also offers a wide range of fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles that include the Insight hybrid, Civic Natural Gas (compressed natural gas-powered vehicle), Civic Hybrid, CR-Z (sport hybrid coupe), FCX Clarity (fuel cell-electric vehicle), the Fit EV (electric vehicle) and the soon-to-be-released Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. Honda has been manufacturing automobiles in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts, for 30 years, beginning with production of the Honda Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in 1982.

About Zipcar
Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing service with approximately 730,000 members and 11,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.

Zipcar and the Zipcar logo are trademarks of Zipcar, Inc.

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1 132/105/118 city/highway/combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) rating; 82 mile combined (city/highway) driving range rating (adjusted). Ratings determined by U.S. EPA. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-electric-label.shtml.

2 From low-charge indicator illumination point to full charge1

SOURCE Zipcar, Inc.


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      Electron
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's amazing how Honda managed to create the best, most efficient EV in its class that's also the biggest disappointment of all EVs in its class. Not only is it just a limited production compliance car but it's lithium titanate battery could be recharged in a game changing 15 minutes except that for some reason Honda just can't be bothered to offer that option. Maybe the argument here is lack of infrastructure but the cars would have been ready for the upcoming Tesla supercharger network.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Electron
        As you said, Honda had the first awesome hybrid, and they could have become a leader in this area. Instead, they walked away from it, and let Toyota have it.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          The Insight was very light, ultra-aerodynamic and extremely efficient, more so than many of today's hybrids. It was an all around awesome car. Plus it handled like a sportscar.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          The Insight was not awesome. It had no ability to move on electricity only. It also had the trapezoidal wheel layout that everyone hates.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          I wish to modify my statement. It had no ability to move without spinning the ICE. Basically no real electric-only mode. It was not an all around awesome car. It was more efficient because it was a 2 seater with only a tiny amount of cargo space. This is not any kind of revolution. Also, it wasn't first in the world, only first in the US. The Prius came first in the world.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is a good use for cars considering the stupid lease-only .
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      US Honda Fit EV July/August Sales 16 Sales. Not to many Fit EV car shares going on. How many of the Fit EV 16 sales were Zippys Cars?
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        it looks extra stupid to count sales now, as if you can make a point about low demand for a car that is WAY LIMITED BY SUPPLY, and obviously so.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          I love how you imply that a country of 60,000,000 is buying bikes at an annualized rate of 40,000,000 per year. Perhaps even you can see the fallacy in the figures.
          Rick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          UK with 60,000,000 Brits only buying 30 electric cars all brands last month, down from 34 sales August 2011, EV sales fell down by a massive 4 sales in the UK this August. EV's are for the posh well heeled with the money to burn. British EV sales August 2012 30 Sales (34 Sales August 2011) British Cycle Sales (proper ZERO EMISSION transport). 3,200,000 up +28% Spot the trends, its not very hard?
      • 2 Years Ago
      C.O.M.P.L.I.A.N.C.E.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        so what? that is the point of these regulations... to get automakers to comply. an 80 mile EV for $8/hr works for a lot of people