By Joe Wiesenfelder on November 17, 2010
Two electric cars introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show underscore how far ahead the Nissan Leaf is in the battery-electric car field. Neither the Toyota RAV4 EV nor the Honda Fit EV shown today were the versions U.S. consumers can expect to see when they go on sale in 2012. Both companies will engage in small-scale real-world testing of their cars in 2011.
Though it drove onto the stage under electric power, the Honda Fit EV Concept shown is a conversion that “hints strongly at the direction and styling for Honda’s upcoming production Fit EV all-electric vehicle,” according to Honda. Though the production car will be based on the current generation Fit, the concept car doesn’t reflect any effect the electric powertrain’s integration will have on interior space. Honda says the changes should be minimal, however, perhaps affecting the multi-folding capability of the rear seats, but not eating up too much interior space.
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