The Fit at Frankfurt
Honda EV Concept a 2012 Production
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: September 22nd, 2011
At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda again touted their Fit EV concept, along with promises of releasing a similar model to US and Japanese markets in 2012. Although the name may not remain the same, the Honda Fit EV Concept is very close to what consumers will see--a zero emissions vehicle that will garner enough charge for most urban commuters.
It's hard to stand out in a crowd, especially when you are all saying the same thing. While this year's Frankfurt Motor Show was all about energy efficiency and advanced on-board media connectivity, with the Fit EV and Plug-in Hybrid, Honda definitely showed up to impress.
Production versions of the Fit EV would be powered by a lithium-ion battery and electric motor--all based off the FCX Clarity Fuel-Cell vehicle. Honda says that the Fit EV could get a 100-mile driving range while still reaching a top speed of 90mph.
The battery can be charged in 12 hours when using a standard 120-volt outlet, but can be fully recharged in as little as six hours with a 240-volt conversion.
|Honda improves battery efficiency with a driver-controlled three "mode" system--like the one found in Honda's CR-Z hybrid model. Drivers choose between Economy, Normal or Sport modes depending on conditions, and can see an increased energy efficiency of up to 25 percent if they just drive smart.|
Just as exciting as full-electric propulsion is full-connectivity! The Honda Fit EV would allow drivers to constantly stay connected to the car via a smartphone, personal computer, or Honda's own interactive remote. Through this Honda remote, the owner will be able to check their charge, initiate a charge, turn on air-conditioning systems and even start up the vehicle. Honda claims it will also include standard Honda Satellite Navigation, with a friendly directory system to the charge spots nearest your location!
Even though the Fit EV is now nearly 2 years publicized, Honda's booth at Frankfurt did see some foot-traffic. On the heels of prime competitor Toyota and the famed Prius, Honda is looking to release plug-hybrids and EVs for 2012 model years to a more demanding market.
For more information on this year's green cars, check out the Web2carz 2011 Green Car Guide.
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