Matt Walton Becomes First Honda Fit EV
With sales, or rather leasing, officially underway on the 20th, the first customer in southern California officially got their keys on the same day.
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 Honda's reservation website 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.
As for the Fit EV itself, even though it is lease only, the car has a retail MSRP of $36,625 ($29,125 after federal rebate), which translates to a $389 per month, nothing down lease payment over 36 months.
In a strange promotional move, the lease is inclusive of a zero-deductible collision insurance, which adds considerable value to the lease. The Fit EV will be available in key markets starting in California and Oregon, after which availability will expand to East Coast markets in early 2013.
"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 the first customer, Matt 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."
The Fit EV gets 82 miles of range (EPA), and has an industry high 118 MPGe rating. You can read all the specs and our review/impressions (hint-we liked it) of the car here.