Honda's Fit EV will be a rare sight on American roads for at least the next few years

Auto manufacturers are starting to warm up to the idea of electric vehicles to boost their CAFE numbers. With the Obama administration looking to set a 54.5 mpg CAFE average by 2025, many auto manufacturers have no choice but to offer EVs, hybrids, and diesel vehicles to stay in compliance.
The latest auto manufacturer to jump on the EV bandwagon in the United States is Honda. The Japanese auto giant previously revealed a concept version of its Fit EV back in late September, but now the company today revealed details on the production model at the L.A. Auto Show.
The Fit EV has a price tag of $36,625, compared to $36,050 for the Nissan Leaf and $39,995 for the Focus Electric. However, there are a few caveats to consider. First of all, the Fit EV will only be available for lease at a cost of $399 per month. Secondly, the vehicle will only be available in California and Oregon starting next year, and will expand to just six additional cities on the East Coast in 2013. Finally, Honda is only projected to produce a total of 1,100 Fit EVs during the next three years.

For comparison, Chevrolet sold 1,108 Volts during the month of October alone -- Nissan sold 840 Leaf EVs during October.

Honda Fit EV at the L.A. Auto Show [Source: Honda]
"The Fit EV is the next critical step in Honda's portfolio approach to alternative fueled vehicles," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "There is no other automaker on the planet whose spirit is more deeply invested in the effort to realize a cleaner, more energy-efficient and ultimately more sustainable transportation future than Honda."
Honda says that the Fit EV has an EPA city cycle range of 123 miles. The city/highway combined range drops to still potent 76 miles. The vehicle can fully recharge its battery pack in about three hours with a 240V charger.

Source: Honda

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