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bennelson 11-18-2010 10:23 AM

Honda EV at LA Auto Show
 
Honda just announced an electric car at the LA Auto Show - The Honda Fit EV!

Honda Worldwide | November 17, 2010 "World Debut of Honda Fit EV Concept Electric Vehicle and Plug-in Hybrid Platform at Los Angeles Auto Show"

LA TIMES Video

The car uses technology based of the FCX and CR-Z.

Honda Official web page for this car.

Daox 11-18-2010 10:46 AM

Awesome! I loved the Fit when I have looked at them. An EV version would be awesome.

MetroMPG 11-18-2010 11:45 AM

Annnnnd.... Honda is unwillingly dragged back into the EV game.

Notice the aero tweaks: Kamm-ish hatchback extension; and the squared off corners of the rear bumper cover.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....ev-concept.jpg

from: http://green.autoblog.com/2010/11/17...ersion-coming/

NeilBlanchard 11-18-2010 12:43 PM

And a grill block, too!

2010 LA Auto Show: 2012 Honda Fit Electric Car, World Debut - Green Car Reports

http://images.thecarconnection.com/l...00330511_l.jpg

http://images.thecarconnection.com/l...00330513_l.jpg

LA 2010: Honda debuts Fit EV concept, production version coming in 2012 — Autoblog Green

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....ev-concept.jpg

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....ncept-live.jpg

bennelson 11-18-2010 02:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard (Post 204775)
And a grill block, too!

Yeah, no really good reason for an EV to have a grill. I went to a car show a while back, which had some old rear-engine cars there. None of them had any grills at all. It was really unusual-looking to me.

The Tesla Roadster doesn't have a "grill", but does have an airscoop and MASSIVE radiator for the air conditioning and power electronics cooling.

OK, I suppose a little grill for the AC is all right.

PaleMelanesian 11-18-2010 03:10 PM

No grille needed or present on a classic 911.
http://www.sunsetclassics.com/1978-p...sche-911sc.jpg

MetroMPG 11-18-2010 03:15 PM

I would bet they put grilles on cars that don't actually need them -- not to mention "fake" oversize grilles on cars that do -- for reasons of "consumer acceptance".

mechman600 11-18-2010 03:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 204761)
Annnnnd.... Honda is unwillingly dragged back into the EV game.

LOL!....so true. Better dragged back in than not at all, I guess.

MetroMPG 11-18-2010 09:01 PM

Of course a big disadvantage of using this platform is that it's not really visually distinct from the ICE Fit. You'd think Honda would have already learned that lesson from the Civic hybrid, which arguably led them to create the visually distinct (from other Hondas, yet still Prius-like) Insight II.

bennelson 11-18-2010 10:50 PM

I REALLY liked the look of the original Insight. It was distinct, memorable, and COOL!

The CR-Z is the car that fits that bill now. A battery electric version of the CR-Z would be a fantastic car. I think that in a two-seater, the focus tends to be on performance and sports-car-like characteristics.

I still SO want to see an EV CRX...


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