TEST DRIVE: 2013 Honda Fit EV Is The Most Fuel Efficient Car in the US, With Few Compromises

by , 07/03/12

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The Fit EV also comes with seats that are wrapped in a new environmentally friendly Bio-Fabric material. The Bio-Fabric Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) has the same chemical composition and structure as conventional fabric seat coverings and offers equivalent performance in terms of feel and durability. The biggest difference between the Fit EV’s Bio-Fabric seats and conventional seats is that the Bio-Fabric is made from on sugarcane-derived ethanol. The best part is that since the seats are made from sugarcane, instead of corn—which is another source for ethanol, the Bio-Fabric doesn’t put added pressure on the food supply.

The 2013 Fit EV has a longer driving range and faster charging time than the Nissan LEAF and Ford Focus Electric. It’s only shortcoming, which applies to all electric vehicles, is a lack of infrastructure. For the most part, electric vehicles can only truly succeed in two car households, since they are limited by their range and the number of charging ports along the road. Either way, the continued expansion of the electric vehicle segment will continue to give buyers more options and foster more acceptance of them in the real world.

Honda has decided to only produce 1,100 Fit electric vehicles over the next two model years, as the automaker gauges customer demand for the Fit EV. If you want to get your hands on the most fuel efficient car in the US, Honda is going to lease the Fit EV for $389 a month, for three years. The rollout will kick off next month in markets in California and Oregon, followed by the expansion to select East Coast markets in 2013.

Early next year the arrival of the 2013 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid will give Honda a full portfolio of alternative-fuel green vehicles. The Accord plug-in hybrid will have an electric driving range of 15 miles and can be fully recharged in less than 1.5 hours using a 240-volt charger. Honda also remains committed to fuel-cell electric vehicles, like the FCX Clarity and continues to offer the only production natural gas vehicle, the Civic Natural Gas.

+ Honda

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