When Honda explored the concept of battery electric vehicles in 1988, the company had begun to envision an age of “clean energy” in the 21st century although research in alternative energy vehicles was scarce at that time.
It took years of effort and a dedicated team to realise the first Honda electric vehicle, the EV Plus, which rolled out of the factory in 1997. The preservation of the global environment by then had become more pressing. Now, a decade later, the dream of owning an electric vehicle will soon be within reach with the innovative Fit EV.
“Honda’s long history with electromotive technologies has enabled us to understand customer requirements,” said Takanobu Ito, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO. “For Honda, an electric vehicle must offer great utility and be fun to drive. The Fit EV’s urban commuting capability will be a perfect addition to the full-function mobility of the plug-in hybrid and FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle.”
The charging stand for the Fit EV Concept is designed to be convenient and easy to use. Driver simply swipes a card in front of the screen and connects the charger to the vehicle to begin charging. Battery recharging is accomplished using a conventional 120-volt outlet that charges up to 12 hours, or using a 240-volt outlet that charges up to six hours.
Adding to the fun driving experience, there is also the interactive coaching system that helps drivers maximize even more battery range. Meanwhile, a pocket-friendly interactive remote linked to the vehicle enable drivers to check the vehicle’s state of charge or to initiate charging.
The Fit EV is part of the Honda Electric Mobility Network, Honda’s unique effort in creating clean vehicle technology, renewable energy production and energy management solutions for the benefit of customers and society.
The console shows a special meter display that guides the driver in
conserving battery power.