California residents who want to get behind the wheel of an electric car now have another option: Zipcar has added the Honda Fit EV to its car-sharing fleets in San Francisco. Like most other Zipcar vehicles, the Fit EV can be rented for $8 per hour.
In April, Honda signed an agreement to provide Zipcar with new cars, including the Insight hybrid and CR-V crossover. Adding the Honda Fit EV in San Francisco expands on the two companies' goal of adding more low-emission vehicles to the car sharing fleet. In the future, Zipcar also plans to add the 2014 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid. Zipcar previously added the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid to its fleets in January 2011.
"The introduction of the Honda Fit EVs into the Zipcar fleet allows our members to drive one of the most technologically-advanced vehicles on the road while reducing environmental impact," Zipcar president Mark Norman said in a statement.
The Honda Fit EV is based on the regular Fit hatchback, but its four-cylinder gasoline engine has been replaced by an electric motor/generator rated for 123 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. In place of the car's gas tank is a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery that enables a driving range of 82 miles per battery charge. Honda says the battery can be fully charged in just three hours with a 240-volt charger. Although customers cannot purchase a Fit EV outright, the car is available in California and Oregon as a three-year lease that costs $389 per month.