Honda Launches California EV Demonstration Program

Jan 31, 2011

On December 15, the City of Torrance, Calif. became the first city to participate in Honda's new electric vehicle demonstration program.

Honda launched the program with Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura conducting the first public test drive of a Fit EV prototype and an Accord Sedan test vehicle outfitted with a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system.

The City of Torrance, along with Stanford University and Google Inc., will each receive a Fit EV for testing starting in 2011. In addition, the city of Torrance will test a plug-in hybrid as a part of the program in 2012. Each of the three demonstration program participants will conduct general testing as well as evaluating specific and distinct issues related to the introduction of electric vehicles.

The Fit EV Concept made its world debut Nov. 17 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The production Fit EV will be introduced to customers in the U.S. and Japan in 2012.

When the City receives its Fit EV and plug-in hybrid, it will be evaluating the technologies with a focus on charging infrastructure development, promotion of sustainable community initiatives, and to building public awareness about electric vehicles.

The Fit EV will have a top speed of 90 mph and can be recharged in less than 12 hours when using a conventional 120v outlet, and less than six hours when using a 240v outlet, according to Honda.

Achieving an estimated 100-mile driving range per charge, driving range can be maximized by use of an innovative 3-mode electric drive system, adapted from the 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid. The system allows the driver to select between Econ, Normal, and Sport to maximize efficiency or improve acceleration.

[via Automotive Fleet]

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