By David Thomas on November 16, 2010
Honda calls this a concept, but in reality this is what the next Honda Fit will look like, and the line will likely be led by the electric version.
The company says this vehicle will feature a coaxial motor and lithium-ion battery, but no power figures were released.
Using the EPA’s current testing, the range is estimated at 100 miles, a number we’re hearing a lot these days. The charge time would be 12 hours using a standard 120-volt outlet and less than six hours using a 240-volt outlet.
The Fit EV concept also borrows the three driving modes that the Honda CR-V hybrid utilizes. The Econ, Normal and Sport modes give drivers an option on the EV's responsiveness. The Sport mode promises performance akin to a similar car with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine. The current Fit packs a 1.5-liter four-cylinder.
After you’re done with your sporty driving, a meter will alert you when to switch modes, turn off the air conditioning and take other power-saving measures when the range is dangerously low.
Expect to see the real thing in 2012.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David