Honda Fit EV To Lease In Japan Starting September of 2012
Honda Motors started a leasing program for the Fit EV today in Japan, where the car amazingly gets an extra 58 miles of range (140 miles total) over the US version's 82 miles.
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If only that were true.
In making the announcement today that business and government agencies would be able to lease the Fit EV, Honda promoted a "one-charge mileage of 225 km (140 miles)" using the impossible to achieve, and nearly criminal to advertise, JC08 mode.
Sadly, the JC08 standard is still the norm in Japan, but Honda does offer this disclaimer:
"The AC energy consumption rate used for the calculation was measured under the conditions required in Japan, and the actual rate will vary depending on the environment where the vehicle is used and how the vehicle is driven."
Honda Fit EV Interior (Click To Enlarge)
What the Fit EV does offer however, is an industry leading 118MPGe, and is no slouch off the line with a 92 kW (123hp) electric motor that puts out 189 ft-lb of torque. The car has a top speed of 90 miles per hour.
In an review of the car we found it quicker off the line than both of it's closest competitors, the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt. Its main drawback? Still a $36,625 Honda Fit.
Honda plans to lease up to 200 Fit EVs in Japan. 1,100 cars will also be leased here in the US, and are available now for $389 per month, lease only.
2013 Honda Fit EV In Profile