Honda Fit EV Concept 1

Honda has debuted its Fit EV Concept at the LA Auto Show. This one hints strongly at the direction and styling that will be taken by the production Fit EV, which will be introduced in the the US and Japan in 2012.

The Fit EV Concept displayed in LA features an exclusive Deep Clear Blue Pearl exterior shade and five-spoke aluminium-alloy wheels with blue inserts. Other exterior cues include unique LED headlights, a chrome front fascia, aerodynamic bumper and clear LED tail lamps. Inside, the seats are finished in an eco-friendly grey bio-fabric.

Honda Fit EV Concept 2

The production model will be powered by a lithium-ion battery and coaxial high-density electric motor derived from the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle. The car will have a top speed of 145 kph and offer a 160 km range per charge. Battery recharging takes less than 12 hours when using a conventional 120V outlet and less than six hours with 240V.

On call is a three-mode electric drive system, adapted from the Honda CR-Z sport hybrid. The system allows the driver to select between Econ, Normal and Sport – Econ mode, as its tag suggests, offers the most driving range, 17% better than Normal mode and up to 25% more than in Sport mode. The last is claimed to offer performance similar to a vehicle equipped with a 2.0 litre petrol engine.

Honda Fit EV Concept 3

In addition to the three-mode E-Drive system, the Fit EV will include several interactive coaching systems to assist the driver in maximising battery range – among these, a special meter display that advises the driver when to shut off the air conditioning and other accessories to conserve battery power.

The car will also feature a standard connectivity system that allows the driver to stay connected to the vehicle, be it through a smartphone or personal computer, or the vehicle’s interactive remote, which provides connectivity to the vehicle without the need for an internet connection or mobile phone signal.

Honda Fit EV Concept 4

Through the connectivity system, drivers will be able to remotely view the vehicle’s state of charge, initiate charging and activate the air conditioning, even while connected to the grid, to reduce the drain on the battery at start-up.

The mobile application and website also offers the ability to set charging notifications and alerts to optimise utility rates and provides 24-hour roadside assistance, along with a public charging station locator. The company has also developed a prototype charging stand – all one has to do to begin charging one’s EV is swipe a card in front of the screen and the charger then connects to the vehicle.

Gallery after the jump.

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