Welcome to America, Fit!
The first 2013 Honda Fit EV, Honda’s entirely electric car, was delivered to Torrance, Calif. on Jan. 21 with a ceremony where a key to the Fit EV was presented to Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto by Steve Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda. Consumers in the rest of California and Oregon will be able to get the Honda Fit EV this summer.
“This is an exciting day as we take another important step toward Honda’s comprehensive vision for reducing CO2 emissions while at the same time advancing our relationship with the city of Torrance,” said Steve Center. “Honda has a long history with electric vehicles starting with the introduction of our first battery-electric car, the EV Plus, nearly 15 years ago. With Honda’s extensive experience and the real-world feedback from the city of Torrance, we will be even more prepared for the further customer adoption of electric vehicles.”
Honda continues to be an industry in environmental responsibility with the Honda Fit, first revealed in 2011, that gets 123 city/95 highway-miles per charge and can get a full charge in three hours.
It is refreshing to see a company like Honda team up with different groups and organizations to make the Fit EV and other future electric cars a success. Honda’s Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program will allow real-world feedback from Google, Inc. and Stanford University. That feedback will prove invaluable to Honda and allow Honda to make a great product for the general public.
Honda is also working with the city of Torrance, as it will have to with other municipalities, to install charging stations for the Fit EV. This proves Honda’s dedication to environmentally friendly cars because this is, no doubt, a challenging task for an unproven product (although that will change after the summer of 2012).
“While we’re not exactly sure when the Fit EV will come to the northwest, we are excited for it to arrive,” said Tony Carter, General Manager of the Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “Here the northwest, people are mostly very environmentally conscious, so we know the Fit EV will be well-received and we are excited to provide an affordable product that meets the needs of the community.”
Honda’s commitment to environment performance is well-documented. For example, a Honda vehicle has topped the list of America’s greenest vehicles, from the America Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, for eleven consecutive years. In Additionally, Honda has led the Union of Concerned Scientist rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000.
If owning an environmentally friendly car is important to you, make your way to Northwest Honda, Sims Honda or Apple Valley Honda dealership for the best value!