Charging Honda Fit EV with a Smartphone App

Honda said Friday the all-new 2013 Honda Fit EV will be available for lease beginning July 20, 2012, with a three-year lease price of $389 per month. It is the latest in Honda’s diverse range of alternative-fuel vehicles.

The Fit EV will be available for lease-only in key markets in Oregon and California, after which availability will expand to six East Coast markets in early 2013. Its three-year lease price of $389 per month computes to a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $36,625.

Based on the five-door, five-passenger Fit and Fit Sport, 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.

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This powertrain is teamed to a chassis with a fully independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode drive system adapted from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid. The result is a city/highway estimated driving range rating of 82-miles, says the company.

An onboard charger allows the vehicle to be plugged into any household-type 120-volt or 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 point.

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.

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