Q: When will the Fit EV be available for pre-owned lease?
A: Approximately 1,100 Fit EV hatchbacks are currently being leased, with the first leases maturing in July 2015. Current lessees will be offered the opportunity to extend their leases for two years. Returned leases will be reconditioned and offered for lease at $199 per month for 24 months. See full lease terms. To search inventory in your area, click here.
Fit EV leases will terminate in the 6 participating states and once reconditioned, their availability will follow this quarterly trend chart. Please check the site periodically for availability in your area or submit your information to your local Fit EV Certified dealer.
Q: What are the terms of the pre-owned lease?
A: As vehicles are returned, they can be leased at EV-certified Honda dealers in California, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. The lease requires no cap cost reduction or security deposit and includes unlimited mileage, collision coverage, roadside assistance, scheduled maintenance and annual navigation updates. See full lease terms. Honda will provide a Leviton® 240-volt home charging unit (lessee responsible for installation).
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: 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:
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