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After about seven months of limited leasing of its Fit electric vehicles on the West Coast, Honda is taking the EV east.

Later this month, the Japanese automaker will make the Honda Fit EV available in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Honda is offering the vehicle at the same three-year, $389-a-month lease terms as it does on the West Coast.

Honda has been leasing out the Fit EV in limited numbers since debuting the model in California and Oregon last summer. Honda leased out 93 Fit EVs during the last half of 2012 and only nine more in January 2012.

Last June, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave the Fit EV a rating of an 82-mile single-charge range and a 118 mile-per-gallon equivalent figure. East Coasters, Honda's press release is available below.
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HONDA EXPANDS FIT EV LEASING TO SELECT EAST COAST MARKETS

The EPA-rated 118 MPGe Fit EV will be available in seven states and on both coasts

02/12/2013 - TORRANCE, Calif

The all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV, first launched in California and Oregon in July 2012, is coming to select East Coast markets later this month, American Honda announced today. The Fit EV will be available for lease at Honda dealerships in selected markets in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. Customers will be able to lease the ultra-efficient, spacious and fun-to-drive Fit EV for a period of three years at a cost of $389 per month.

The 2013 Honda Fit EV, part of Honda's diverse portfolio of alternative-fuel vehicles, has a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe1, an EPA-rated driving range of 82 miles, and a low energy-consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles.

"Expanding the availability of the ultra-efficient Fit EV to the East Coast is the next logical step in Honda's strategic and customer-focused approach to growing the market for low-CO2, sustainable mobility technologies," said Steve Center, vice president of the American Honda Environmental Business Development Office. "Combining Honda's extensive EV experience with customers–which began 15 years ago with the Honda EV Plus–with the real-world feedback from early Fit EV lessees in several different markets will help us prepare for growing adoption of electric vehicles."

Based on the award-winning five-door, five-passenger Honda Fit, the 100-percent electric Fit EV features a 20-kilowatt-hour (kWh) Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery and a compact 92-kilowatt (123 horsepower) AC synchronous electric motor that generates 189 ft-lb of torque. This efficient powertrain is teamed to a chassis with a fully-independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode drive system. The result is a fun-to-drive EV with an EPA combined city/highway estimated driving range rating of 82-miles1.

An onboard charger allows the vehicle to be plugged into any household-type 120-volt outlet (dedicated GFCI outlet recommended) or an available 240-volt AC power supply. When connected to a 240-volt circuit, the Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than three hours from a low charge indicator illumination point3. When connected to an outlet, charging can be started or stopped with an included Fit EV interactive remote control, through an available smartphone application or through the internet on a personal computer.

Already available since July 2012 for lease-only in select California and Oregon markets, the Fit EV is offered at a lease price of $389 per month2 over a three-year term, computing to a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,625. Customers interested in leasing or learning more about the Fit EV are encouraged to sign up at www.FitEV.Honda.com.

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In addition to the Fit EV, Honda's diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles has included numerous technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions including the first EV leases in California (1997 Honda EV Plus), the retail introduction of America's first hybrid (1999 Honda Insight), delivery of the first fuel-cell electric vehicle in the U.S. (2002 Honda FCX), four generations of the Civic Natural Gas (first introduced in 1998) and the first gasoline-powered vehicles in the hands of consumers to meet stricter emissions standards. Honda has also led the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the list of America's greenest vehicles, from the America Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), for 15 consecutive years.


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      aatheus
      • 2 Years Ago
      IF the Fit EV had the option for fast DC charger and IF it was not a compliance car (i.e. you were allowed to buy it), it would be a nice alternative to the Leaf. I had a chance to test drive the Fit EV and was impressed with the experience. The inability to fast charge on long trips is a killer, and getting EV-1ed at the end of the lease... ugh...
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @aatheus
        I want to get EV-1ed at the end of the lease. No current EV will seem very good next to the ones available 3 years from now. Does suck it's a compliance car, for those who want to buy though. Especially those who will never even get an opportunity to lease (middle America).
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          That is pretty much what Honda have said. They are going to take the risk and responsibility for these early cars, and know that they can do much better in generation II. In my view though Honda have done the best job of any manufacturer below the level of the Tesla in designing this car.
      Peder Norby
      • 2 Years Ago
      One more tidbit, the Leaf Lease rates are for 10,000 miles per year, the Honda Fit EV is 12,000 miles per year. Cheers!
        aatheus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peder Norby
        It depends on your lease terms. I have a 2 yr, 24,000 mi lease on my 2012 Leaf SL. That's 12,000 per year.
      SublimeKnight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why on earth would someone lease a Fit at almost $400 a month when you can get a LEAF for $199 (or $299 for the top of the line model)?
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        And that is probably why they opened up to the East Coast market. Not enough people in California were interested in that high lease price.
      chanonissan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have only one question if the battery loses capacity are they go to top up to a percentage like what nissan offer with the leaf battery currently.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chanonissan
        The Toshiba SCiB battery it uses is very robust, many times more durable than that in the Leaf, and is very, very unlikely to loose any noticeable percentage of its capacity in 3 years, or even many years longer than that.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          my bad the mitshu uses the older batteries.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @ davemart you can be wrong, the mitshubishi electric car uses the toshiba SCIB batteries and it has serious depletion just like the leaf. Sorry but that is the facts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium%E2%80%93titanate_battery
      MTN RANGER
      • 2 Years Ago
      I only reported this fact in a comment two weeks ago.
      Peder Norby
      • 2 Years Ago
      As an extremely happy Fit EV driver, I thought I would offer some reasons why. 1. In Ca there is a $2500 Carb rebate so that takes the effective lease rate to $319. 2. Honda covers the collision and comprehensive insurance. For most drivers, that is a savings of $35 a month, for younger drivers it can be as much as $60, lowering the effective lease rate to approx. $280 a month. 3. The Honda has no down payment. The down payment on the LEAF adds approx $55 a month to the effective monthly cost of the Leaf. 4. The Honda has a 7KW charger, which charges twice as fast than the Leaf so no comparison to the base Leaf. 5. The Honda has greater range, more horsepower, is faster and far more fun to drive, and has a full nav, again no comparison to the base Leaf. 6. This is personal taste but the Honda Fit EV is a far better looking car. 7. The range on the Honda is 82miles EPA, The Leaf is 73 miles. If I were to compare, I would compare it to the 2013 Leaf that has the 6.6kw charger and the full NAV at $299 a month then add the down payment and your around $350 a month. The 2013 Leaf has greater range and will be closer to the Honda but the power and fun factor will still be less. Again, with Honda picking up the collision/Comp insurance and no down payment, for east coast drivers it's a wash as far as price. Where I will give the Leaf strong marks is that it is not a compliance car like the Honda and If you lease or buy a Nissan Leaf you are justly rewarding a car company that has made a serious investment in EVs far beyond just a compliance car. But the Honda Fit EV is a dynamite little electric car and we love it. Cheers Peder 70,000 sunshine powered miles.
        Vlad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peder Norby
        Thanks for the explanation. Very informative.
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peder Norby
        Does the Fit EV have a backup camera?
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Forget I asked. It does.
          Peder Norby
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Yes it has a backup camera that comes on anytime you shift into reverse. Very helpful in parking situations :)
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peder Norby
        It would be on my shortlist if it was available in my area.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peder Norby
        @ Peder Norby Congratulations ! Well done ! I hope your EV provides you with many hours of gasoline free motoring. If you are one of those early adopters whose circumstances suit the restrictions imposed by a vehicle with a maximum range of 82 miles, and a Honda fit is your car of choice, then you have made an excellent decision. I would say, 'Drive it in good health ", but actually, by driving an EV, you are helping everyone's good health !
        SublimeKnight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peder Norby
        Thanks for the info. I didn't realize about the insurance aspect. If I had a DUI or points from speeding, I'd be all over that deal :)
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