The previous generation Honda Fit, which we know as the Honda Jazz, had a battery-powered variant called the Fit EV. It made its debut in 2011 with a 20 kWh battery and 122 km range (US EPA), but there hasn’t been an electric version of the third-gen GK since it debut in 2013. That might change in the near future.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, Honda will team up with Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology to develop new batteries for use in a Fit-based EV. The “new Fit EV” is planned for launch in China by the first half of 2020.

The business publication says that it will be an affordable electric car that will cost “slightly more than two million yen” (RM72,735). To keep prices down, the EV will use a small battery that will give it a range of around 300 km. To compare, the current second-gen Nissan Leaf‘s 40 kWh battery is good for 400 km in Japan’s cycle and 378 km in the European cycle.

The Fit EV was launched in 2011 with a US EPA range of 122 km per charge

The report adds that the next Fit EV will be sold in a couple of unspecified markets, besides China. Honda is aiming for sales of over 100,000 units per annum.

Recently, Honda joined forces with fellow Japanese carmakers Toyota and Nissan, the Japanese government, and battery makers in a programme to develop solid-state batteries for EVs of the future. The programme is aimed at returning Japan to the forefront of automotive battery tech, as other countries have eroded its once dominant position in the field.

The current Honda Jazz is available in electrified hybrid form, and Malaysia is the only market outside of Japan to get the Jazz Hybrid. It combines a 1.5 litre petrol engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with integrated electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack.