- Honda plans to begin leasing the 2013 Fit EV next summer in California and Oregon.
- The automaker will expand to six East Coast markets in early 2013.
- The monthly lease price is projected to be $399, based on a suggested retail price of $36,625.
LOS ANGELES — Honda said it plans to begin leasing the new 2013 Fit EV next summer in California and Oregon, expanding to six East Coast markets in early 2013. The projected monthly lease price for Honda's compact electric car — a head-to-head competitor to the Nissan Leaf — is $399, based on a suggested retail price of $36,625.
The Fit EV debuted in concept form a year ago at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The final production version was unveiled Thursday at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Honda said the Fit EV will have a projected range of 123 miles per charge. The automaker expects the window sticker to display a combined city/highway EV range of 76 miles.
Honda's three-year leasing volume projection for the Fit EV is surprisingly modest: Only 1,100 units. At launch, all cars will come in a single color, Reflection Blue Pearl.
The Fit EV features a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 92kW electric motor adapted from Honda's FCX Clarity fuel-cell electric vehicle. Charging takes as little as three hours from a high-speed charging station.
Honda says prospective lease customers can sign up at FitEV.Honda.com.
Edmunds.com says: Compared with Nissan and the Leaf, Honda is setting the bar pretty low, in terms of volume targets and market coverage for the Fit EV.