Fits Well with Planned Zero Net Energy Community
Zipcar has deployed a battery electric Honda Fit EV in Davis, at the University of California’s West Village, “the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States.” The pure battery electric complements a Honda Insight based there.
“In the course of a year, the community is designed to generate as much energy as it consumes,” notes a Zipcar release. “The low-carbon electric vehicle is designed to help address one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions – vehicle usage.”
“With an all-electric Zipcar available by the hour, West Village residents can minimize their emissions without sacrificing their ability to do errands, visit friends or take other trips,” Zipcar Sacramento market manager Chris Witmer says in the Fit EV announcement.
“Innovations like solar power to help generate the electricity needed to charge the EV, and fully zero emission car sharing moves us aggressively toward a sustainable future,” said Dan Sperling, founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.
“Zipcar introduces students to practical zero emission driving in a more convenient and sustainable model, saving them thousands of dollars on car payments, insurance and gas as they can live carless during their college years – and perhaps beyond.”
Zipcar says it’s the world’s leading car-sharing network, with operations in urban areas and college campuses in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria.
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Honda lunched the Fit EV in July 2012 with a target volume of approximately 1,100 cars over two years, all built in Japan.
“We will reach our goal this fall as planned,” says plug-in EV sales manager Robert Langford. He told F&F that the coming months will see more word from Honda on “a portfolio of products, including plug-ins.” Honda is also expected to release details soon about a new-generation hydrogen fuel cell car.
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