Honda unveiled their Fit EV concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. Along with the EV, the Japanese auto maker is working along side Google to turn the prototype into a mass produced car.
Managed by Enterprise, Google's "GFleet" is a car-share program including hybrids and plug-in hybrids, available to 2600 Google employees. The program is expanding to include electric vehicles launching later this year. The Fit is the first - Honda is hoping to analyze the data that comes out of the program to test the changes to real world CO2 emissions. The fleet has about 30 hybrid and plug-in models already.
Last month, the web search company launched the Google Car, a self-driving vehicle that could navigate through highway traffic, based on code developed by engineers.
The all new Fit EV will run on lithium-ion batteries, and have a range of about 100 miles per charge, along with a top speed of 90 mph. Fit EV should be able to recharge in about six hours when plugged into a 240-volt socket. The car should be available to by 2012.
The Fit EV will use the same three-mode drive system in the new Honda CR-Z sports hybrid. Honda also promises the car will drive with "the feel of a 2-liter engine."
Want to test drive a Honda Fit for yourself? Head on down to your local Honda dealership.