Most people would not disagree that the compact and good looking, if slightly quirky Honda deserves a mention when discussing the hottest of the hot hatches that are on the market right now.
This is thanks in large part to its unique space saving design and excellently designed and laid out interior. In the 2013 Honda Fit EV the guys at Honda may have actually outdone themselves as this car has all the charm and function of its older gas guzzling sibling with the added advantage that as an all-electric vehicle (not a hybrid) it allows its drivers to whiz their way around town without ever needing to worry about wasting time at a gas station.
Power and Performance
The 2013 Honda Fit EV is powered by a cleverly engineered 92-kW electric motor that is capable of outputting 123 hp and 189 pounds-feet of torque, that makes good use of a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery. This little workhorse of an engine can be driven for 82 miles on a single charge. Not quite up to Tesla standards but as the Fit EV is designed specifically as an urban runaround than that is about perfect.
The EPA estimate performance numbers are 132 mpg city/105 mpg highway and 118 mpg combined, numbers which outstrip both the Ford Focus Electric and the Nissan Leaf, cars that will logically become the Honda Fit EV’s competition.
The little Fit EV also ranks as one of the faster of the new crop of all electric cars. It can make it from 0 to 60 in a very respectable 8.9 seconds (in Sport mode) and eventually reach a top speed of 120 mph.
Provided you have access to a 240 volt outlet the 2013 Honda Fit EV will charge in three hours. If you do not have a 240 volt outlet you may want to invest in one along with a new Fit EV as charging it from a 120 volt outlet will take a whopping fifteen hours.
Honda Fit EV interior
At a quick glance it is very hard to tell that there is really much of a difference between the standard gas powered 2013 Honda Fit and the ecofriendly EV version. There is a single trim level on offer but the standard features are plentiful. These include a nifty rear spoiler, generously sized 15 inch alloy wheels, a three-mode drive system, LED taillights, power accessories throughout, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a tilt-and-telescoping feature and a 60/40-split backseat. The battery pack does take away a little of the functionality, as the seats cannot be folded completely flat because of its presence, but, like any good hatchback, there is plenty of flexibility in terms of storage.
In terms of its tech offerings, the 2013 Honda Fit EV boasts full Bluetooth phone connectivity, a reasonably good GPS navigation system, a six speaker CD player with iPod interface, a rear view camera and limited voice controls. On the safety front you’ll get antilock brakes, all wheel stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active head restraints.
All in all the Honda Fit EV is an excellent entrant into a growing market. There is only one big issue with the 2013 Honda Fit EV right now, and that is actually getting one. The car is not currently being offered for direct sale in the US. It can be leased in select states (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York) and that lease is not cheap ($389 per month for those with good credit.)
Given that the 2013 Honda Fit EV is a fun to look at, fun to drive example of a small EV, the hope would have to be that Honda decide to expand the its reach in the future, and offer it for outright purchase nationwide.