Q: Are Fit EVs available to lease?
A: The Fit EV is available on a limited basis, with continued production of about 40 vehicles per month through fall 2014. Honda introduced the Fit EV program with an estimated volume of 1,100 units over two model years. While production of the Fit EV will come to an end in fall of 2014 as originally planned, Honda will continue to distribute vehicles to authorized Honda Fit EV dealers through the end of production. Further, we will support Fit EV customers through the full three-year lease program.
Q: How can I sign up for the EV wait list?
A: If you are interested in leasing the Fit EV, you can find a list of authorized Honda Fit EV dealers here. Please note that these authorized Honda Fit EV dealers have received significant customer interest in the vehicle. As a result, many dealers are maintaining lists of customers who want to lease the Fit EV. Most are reporting that their list is quite long. Please work directly with your authorized Honda Fit EV dealer to determine availability of the Fit EV and your place on their waiting list.
Q: Who maintains the Fit EV wait list?
A: Wait lists are maintained by each authorized Honda Fit EV dealer, ensuring vehicles are distributed based on local demand.
Q: How long does the wait list process take?
A: Because vehicle distribution is based on local demand, the wait can take up to several months. Keep in contact with your dealer to stay updated on your status. The availability of vehicles depends on a variety of factors that are beyond our ability to predict, including the customer’s ability or willingness to wait for the car. We ask that you please work with your authorized Honda Fit EV dealer to determine your place on their waiting list and whether a vehicle will be available.
Q: How does Honda determine which dealerships receive vehicles?
A: Vehicles are allocated regionally and then shipped to Honda Fit EV dealers based on demand.
Q: Who can lease the Fit EV?
A: Honda will lease the Fit EV to customers who are residents of California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and Rhode Island. Honda introduced the Fit EV program with an estimated volume of 1,100 units over two model years. While production of the Fit EV will come to an end in fall of 2014 as originally planned Honda will continue to distribute vehicles to authorized Honda Fit EV dealers through the end of production. Further, we will support Fit EV customers through the full three-year lease program. In this way, our Fit EV customer experience will help to further refine and advanced our next generation battery-electric vehicles.
Q: What is the driving range on the Fit EV?
A: The Fit EV received an EPA combined driving-range rating (adjusted) of 82 miles on a single charge. (For comparison to competitive claims, the unadjusted driving range for the Fit EV as tested by the EPA came out at 132 miles city, 105 miles highway, and 118 miles combined). Your range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors.
Q: How long does it take to recharge the battery?
A: The battery can be fully recharged in as little as 3 hours from a low-charge indicator illumination point using a 240-volt charger or 15 hours using a dedicated household 120-volt circuit.
Q: How many people can the Fit EV accommodate?
A: The Fit EV is a 5-passenger hatchback.
Q: How much does the Fit EV cost?
A: The Fit EV has an MSRP of $37,415 (includes destination), though it is currently only available for a 3-year lease at $259 a month for well-qualified lessees. Total due at lease signing is $259 plus tax and title and includes first month’s payment.
Q: Is the Fit EV eligible for federal, state or local incentives?
A: The State of California acknowledges the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles such as the Fit EV. Single-occupant vehicle drivers can enjoy the privilege of the High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV), or carpool, lane through 2018.
Other financial and non-financial incentives (such as HOV lane access) are available in various states and localities. Details can be found at http://www.goelectricdrive.com/index.php/incentives.
Q: Is there a smartphone application to monitor state of charge?
A: Yes, the Fit EV includes a standard connectivity system that allows the driver to remotely check the state of charge, initiate charging and remotely activate the climate control system.
Q: Are there any functions in the car to help me maximize my battery range?
Yes, the Fit EV is equipped with several eco-coaching functions, including an ECON mode adopted from other Honda hybrid vehicles.
Q: Is this Honda's first electric vehicle?
A: No, Honda introduced an electric vehicle – the EV Plus – in 1997. Honda was the first manufacturer in the United States to introduce a mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid – the Insight – in 1999. Honda currently has four gasoline-electric hybrids and a fuel cell-electric vehicle, the FCX Clarity.
Q: How can I sign up to receive more information about the Fit EV as it becomes available?
A: You can sign up at http://fitev.honda.com
Q: Are there other colors available?
A: Currently the Fit EV is available in one color, Reflection Blue Pearl.
Q: How fast does it go?
A: Thanks to the Fit EV's 189 lb-ft of torque, it is fast off the line. In Sport mode, the Fit EV delivers enthusiast-level performance in terms of acceleration and top speed.
Q: Where can I charge the car?
A: A home charging system is the best way to ensure reliable access to a 240-volt circuit, and as of June 1, 2013, Leviton's 240-volt home charging station hardware is included in your Fit EV lease (installation and material costs not included). Plus, more and more public charging stations are being installed across the country. Locations can be found on the standard navigation system or by using the smartphone app.
Q: How much does a home charging system cost?
A: As of June 1, 2013, every Fit EV lease comes with the hardware for Leviton’s 240-volt home charging system, and the charging hardware remains the property of the lessee after completion of the 3-year lease. However, installation and material costs are not included, and they may vary based on your location.
Q: What happens if I run out of charge while on the road?
A: Free roadside assistance is available to assist you nationwide. The number for the service can be found in the navigation system or by using the smartphone app.
Q: Is there a roadside assistance program?
A: Yes. The navigation system, as well as the smartphone app, includes the number for free nationwide roadside assistance.
Q: Can I take it to any Honda dealer for repairs?
A: Only EV-certified Honda dealers are qualified to work on the Fit EV drivetrain. Other issues can be addressed at any Honda dealership.
Q: Has the Fit EV been crash tested?
A: Honda has tested the Fit EV in the same manner as it tests all of its other vehicles to ensure that it complies with applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The Fit EV has not been tested by NHTSA as part of the NCAP program; if it is subject to NCAP testing, the results will be publicly available. For added protection, in the event of a sufficient impact the battery will be automatically shut down. It must then be reset by an EV-certified Honda dealer.
Q: Can our family lease more than one vehicle?
A: Possibly. Potential lease customers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Q: How much could I save versus a gasoline Fit over a year?
A: If charged during available off-peak rates, the cost per mile would be considerably less than that of a gasoline-powered Fit. The EPA-rated annual fuel cost of the Fit EV is $500. Plus, maintenance is included in the cost of the lease.
Q: Do I need to get a permit to install a charger?
A: Some municipalities will require a permit. The home charging station installer (EVSE vendor) will obtain the required permits at each location and any permit fees will be billed to the Fit EV lessee.
Q: Can the charging plug be used in any public charger?
A: The J1772 connector is the latest standard for charging applications and is used by all major automakers. All new charging stations are compatible; however, older stations may use a different connector. The charging locations on the navigation system and the smartphone app will only include compatible stations.
Q: What is my real-world range?
A: Your range will vary depending on how you drive, driving conditions, how you maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors such as vehicle load and weather. The Fit EV received an EPA combined driving-range rating (adjusted) of 82 miles on a single charge.
Q: Can I plug into any wall outlet at my house?
A: The Fit EV includes a 120-volt adaptor that can be plugged into any standard 120-volt wall outlet. It is recommended that a dedicated 120-volt GFCI outlet (not shared) be used and that a licensed-electrician confirm the suitability of any outlet used.
Q: How long will the battery last?
A: The battery is designed to provide many years of reliable service.
Q: How long will the battery remain charged if the vehicle is left unplugged?
A: The drain on the battery will be very small. However, a variety of factors like outside temperature, age of the battery and the original state of charge when it was parked will have an effect on the drain rate and amount.
Q: How can I test drive a Fit EV?
A: Check with your local EV-Certified Honda Dealership. They may have a demonstrator vehicle to test drive.
Q: What kind of maintenance is required?
A: Electric vehicles typically require less maintenance than gasoline-powered vehicles. No oil changes are needed, but other maintenance, which is included in the lease cost, is required.
Q: Does the Fit EV use regenerative braking to help recharge the battery?
A: Yes – Applying the brakes converts the electric motor into a generator. The motor slows the vehicle and produces electricity at the same time. The ECON mode and the “B” position on the shifter allow drivers to engage a much more aggressive regenerative braking function.
Q: Will "topping off” every night damage the battery?
A: No, "topping off" will not damage the battery.
Q: How does cold weather affect the performance and battery life?
A: The available driving range for the Fit EV may be significantly reduced when the vehicle is operated in hot or cold conditions, due to some temporary battery capacity loss and increased use of air conditioning and heating. This is particularly true with cold temperature operation. Batteries work by chemical reaction, and the speed of the reactions decrease as the temperature drops, resulting in a temporary decrease in total battery capacity. Driving range is further reduced by increased heater and other accessory use. The Fit EV's cabin is heated by an electrical coolant heater, which warms the cabin quickly but uses a lot of power in the process. The heater, and all other accessories, draws power from the car's high voltage battery unless the car is plugged into a Level 2 (240V) charging system. Reducing accessory drain will improve overall driving range. In extreme cases, some Fit EV drivers have reported driving range reductions of 50% or more in cold weather. In hot weather, drivers have reported range reductions of 10% or more. As the cold temperatures subside, these reductions in driving range should subside as well.
Q: How can I contact Leviton directly?
A: Leviton contact information:
Monday-Friday, 8AM-7PM EST
Q: What type of insurance coverage is included with the lease?
A: Collision Coverage is included with the lease. This means that Honda is taking the risk and responsibility for repairs to the Fit EV, leaving to the lessee only the responsibility to obtain and carry liability insurance for at least the minimum required by the lease. There is no deductible, and Honda will evaluate and approve all repair requests submitted. The lessee will be required to call a toll free number to report all collisions/damage and receive instructions to arrange for repairs.