Honda showcased their upcoming EV concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show and provided a few more details on the upcoming electric vehicle.
Based on the Honda Fit, this new EV will be powered by a lithium-ion battery and coaxial electric motor derived from the FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle. Honda claims the Fit EV will be able to have a 100-mile driving range and reach a top speed of 90 mph.
Efficiency is aided by a user-controlled, three-mode system like that used in the Honda CR-Z hybrid. Drivers can select Economy, Normal, or Sport to assist in fuel economy or bolster performance. Honda says the differences are an increase of 17 percent in driving range with the Economy mode over the Normal mode and 25 percent better than Sport mode. In Sport mode, the performance is adjusted to improved acceleration.
To help further conserve energy, a dashboard display can help the driver determine when to shut off accessories such as the air conditioning or radio to save electricity. Drivers will also be able to connect via a smart phone or computer to manage the vehicle’s energy use, though hopefully not when behind the wheel. A pocket remote also allows connectivity to the vehicle. With these tools, drivers will be able to check charge, start a charge, or activate air conditioning, as well as provide charging alerts to help with utility rates, a 24-hour roadside assistance, and a charging station locator.
The battery can be charged in 12 hours when using 120-volt outlet and around six hours with a 240-volt outlet.
The Honda EV is set to hit the market in 2012.
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