What is it? The Fit EV previews a production model scheduled for the 2012 calendar year featuring Honda's next-generation, two-motor hybrid technology. The future model will be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack energizing a coaxial electric motor. Honda claims the five passenger car will have a 70 to 100 mile range, depending on the rating system.
The Fit EV will have an interactive remote that would allow the driver to monitor the recharge status, and activate air conditioning. There will be a smart-phone application also to aid connectivity. The Fit EV will include standard navigation with the ability to locate public charge stations.
What is new or notable? The Fit EV adapts the three-mode E-Drive system used in the CR-Z hybrid to allow the driver to select the desired performance profile: Econ, Normal, and Sport. Honda says that in Sport mode, the Fit EV would have performance similar to that of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. In Honda parlance, that suggest get-up-and-go on par with a Civic Si, rather than a miserly 1.5-liter Fit.
When will it be available? 2012.