True to its promise, Honda Motor Company has delivered its first Fit EV (known as Jazz in India) to a Californian couple last Friday. Matt and Becky Walton will be the first to test their new electric vehicle as they were the first to show interest and sign up for lease of this vehicle on the company website. The lease of this Fit EV will cost them $389 per month and the couple was very excited at the prospect at being selected by the company to take possession of their first all electric vehicle. Though the vehicle will be in their possession for a limited time and for use in a limited area it has not deterred their enthusiasm.
According to estimates, Fit EV offers a range of 82 miles on a single recharge. It is highly efficient where energy consumption is concerned and clocks 29 kWh per 100 miles. Lease is limited to California and Oregon for the time being while this will be extended to the East Coast markets from early 2013. The couple who took possession of this Fit EV, plan to use this vehicle for everyday commuting. Earlier the couple possessed a Honda N600 sedan, a Z600 coupe and currently owns an Odyssey.
Honda Fit EV is regarded not only as an economical vehicle to drive but a fun to drive vehicle that can be fully recharged in a matter of three hours. It is available on least at the rate of $389 per month over a three year period which computes to its retail price of $36,625.
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Honda Delivers First Fit EV to California Customer
The EPA-rated 118 MPGe Fit EV is now available for lease in select California and Oregon markets
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., delivered the first all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV to a couple in Southern California, the company announced today. The 2013 Honda Fit EV is the latest in Honda’s diverse and expansive portfolio of alternative-fuel vehicles, earning a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe1, and an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles.
Ventura County, Calif., residents, Matt and Becky Walton, took delivery of their Honda Fit EV at the Woodland Hills Honda dealership located north of Los Angeles. The couple was the very first registrant to sign up to lease the Fit EV at www.FitEV.Honda.com and plan to use their vehicle as a daily commuter car. Matt and Becky Walton have a long history of owning Honda vehicles, beginning with a Honda N600 sedan and a Honda Z600 coupe in the 1970s and now a Honda Odyssey which will be used as a secondary car.
“It’s truly an honor to take delivery of the first Honda Fit EV and participate in the advancement of all-electric vehicles in the real world,” said Mr. Walton. “The Honda Fit EV is not only a sustainable and energy efficient transportation option with the highest fuel-efficiency rating of any EV, but it has the added bonus of being fun-to-drive and can fully recharge from empty in less than three hours.”
Addressing a critical step in advancing electric vehicles in the real world, American Honda initially will certify Honda dealers in select California and Oregon markets as Fit EV dealers to provide an excellent customer experience for Fit EV customers’ sales and service needs.
The Fit EV will be available for lease-only in key markets starting in California and Oregon, after which availability will expand to East Coast markets in early 2013. The Fit EV’s lease price of $389 per month2 over a three-year term computes to a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,625.
Customers interested in leasing or learning more about the Fit EV are encouraged to sign up at www.FitEV.Honda.com.