First of About 30 for the Zipcar Fleet, Mostly in the West
Massachusetts-based Zipcar has deployed a Honda Fit EV electric car in San Francisco, the first of about 30 of the all-battery vehicles the automaker expects to deploy with Zipcar through next year or early 2014, primarily in the West.
Zipcar and Honda said in April that Honda was a preferred Zipcar supplier with a focus on hybrid and electric vehicles (F&F, April 23).
Zipcar says it will deploy Honda Fit EVs at several San Francisco locations this month, and that the vehicles will be available for use by all Zipcar members, starting from $8.00 per hour. The firms plan to introduce additional Honda Fit EV vehicles to Zipcar fleets in Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. this fall, Zipcar said.
They will be offering demonstrations and test drives as part of the Charge Across Town EV Week event at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco September 17-18, 2012.
“The introduction of the Honda Fit EVs into the Zipcar fleet allows our members to drive one of the most technologically-advanced vehicles on the road while reducing environmental impact,” Zipcar president and COO Mark Norman said in a release.
“These vehicles add to the selection of smart and sustainable options Zipcar currently offers, and will help increase overall awareness of an exciting new technology in a vehicle we know our members will love.”
Honda earlier this year said the Fit EV is the most efficient all-electric vehicle, citing U.S. EPA figures of a 118 miles-per-gallon-equivalency (MPGe), “and an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours per 100 miles” (F&F, June 9).
The vehicle has a 20-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery and a 92-kilowatt (123 horsepower) AC synchronous electric motor that generates 189 ft-lb of torque.
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