Electric Feel: Honda Delivers First Fit EV
Next to Chuck Norris and that short guy from Jackass, the fair city of Torrance, Calif., now has another notable resident: The first Honda Fit EV, delivered to the city that Honda North America calls home. The car is part of Honda’s Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program, which sees the Fit EV being tested by Google and Stanford University as well as the city of Torrance. Honda has been testing and tweaking the Fit EV in Torrance for the past year, but this is the first production-ready model on the road. Torrance residents have already chimed in with valuable information so far, such as the location of future recharging stations and the overall feasibility of electric vehicles. With the local government of Torrance testing these on a daily basis, Honda will be prepared to launch the Fit EV in California and Oregon in the summer of this year. The Fit EV is expected to get 123 miles per charge on the highway, at least when it’s actually moving in dense South Bay traffic. Otherwise, future owners and Torrance’s city officials can expect a combined range of 76 miles, and slightly less if fellow Jackass alum Johnny Knoxville (who is not a resident of Torrance) is allowed near it. Source: Honda
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