The atmosphere at this year’s L.A. Auto Show has been electric — literally — as one automaker after another has announced its foray into EVs. To wit: Honda’s new Fit EV, which has a 70-mile real-world range and will hit dealerships in 2012, according to Honda CEO Takanobu Ito. The new Fit will feature three driving modes — sport, normal and economy — to allow drivers to customize the car’s performance to their needs. It will also charge up in 12 hours using an American plug (six hours in Europe).

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Surprisingly, Honda has been behind Toyota’s curve when it comes to alternative fuels. However the company appears to be playing catch-up now, using some of the same technology (namely, a high-density coaxial motor) to make the Fit EV and the futuristic fuel cell hybrid, the FCX Clarity.

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Via Gigaom and New York Times

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