Jose Altoveros / Honda | May 28, 2018 07:49
Honda planning to build new Fit-based electric vehicle
Back in 2012, Honda introduced the Fit EV. Known to us as the Jazz, the Fit EV was powered by the FCX Clarity's 123 PS electric motor and packed a 20kWh lithium-ion battery. However it had a short-lived history as Honda discontinued the model in just a few years. Fast forward to 2018 with manufacturers gradually shifting to electrification, it seems as though the Fit EV could return.
According to Japanese newspaper The Nikkei Asian Review, Honda will be teaming up with Contemporary Amperex Technology to create batteries and related technologies to be used in a new electric vehicle. The upcoming electric vehicle will first be introduced in China, as well as other markets by 2020. As to which 'other markets' will be, we will have to wait until the manufacturer makes an official announcement.
It is said that the upcoming electric vehicle will based on the current Honda Fit. This would allow the unnamed Honda EV to be more afforadble, with price expected to be around 2 million yen. Honda hopes to sell around 100,000 units of the new EV per year, possibly making it the brand's best selling electric vehicle.
For now, there is no technical details regarding the possible Fit EV revival. However, it was mentioned that the vehicle is expected to have a range of 300 km in a single charge. To compare, the Nissan Leaf 40kWh battery can do 400km in a single charge.
In Japan, the Fit/Jazz is available in hybrid variant. It uses a 1.5 liter gasoline engine combined with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission with integrated motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.