Along with the city of Torrance, California, each participant is now conducting general testing as well as providing specific feedback related to the future introduction of electric vehicles.
Having the first participants in USA, “The goal of the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program is to better understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the advancement in battery-electric technology,” said Steve Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda.
“Honda has a long history with electric vehicles beginning with the introduction of our first battery-electric car, the Electric Vehicle Plus, nearly 15 years ago. Honda’s experience and the unique feedback that Google, Stanford University and the city of Torrance will provide will be valuable to the future introduction of battery-electric technology.”
Honda debuted the 2013 Fit Electric Vehicle at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and announced plans to begin leasing the 123 city-mile per charge (76 milerange combined adjusted city/highway)1 battery-electric commuter vehicle to customers in select California and Oregon markets during the summer of 2012 with a rollout to east coast markets planned for Spring 2013. Equipped with a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery and 92- kW coaxial electric motor, the Fit Electric Vehicle battery can be fully recharged in as little as 3 hours when connected to a 240-volt circuit.
The research results will help Honda to better understand customer acceptance of battery- electric vehicles and how to overcome physiological obstacles associated with the adoption of new technologies.