Zipcar Inc. and American Honda Motor Co. Inc. added 2013 Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicles (BEV) into the Zipcar San Francisco fleet on Sept. 13.
The Honda Fit EVs will be located throughout San Francisco at the InterContinental Hotel, Parc 55 and City Hall. The vehicles will be available for $8.00 per hour.
Zipcar and Honda held a free demonstration and test drive event for the public and media as part of the "Charge Across Town" EV Week event on Sept.17 and 18 to celebrate the introduction of the new vehicles into the San Francisco fleet.
Zipcar and Honda also have plans to introduce additional Honda Fit EV vehicles to Zipcar fleets in Los Angeles and Oregon this fall.
Honda's 2013 Fit EV has earned a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency mile-per-gallon-equivalency (MPGe) rating of 118 MPGe, and it features a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery and a compact 92-kilowatt AC synchronous electric motor that generates 189 lb.-ft. of torque. The Honda Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than three hours at 240-volts.
"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," said Mark Norman, Zipcar president and COO. "These vehicles add to the selection of smart and sustainable options Zipcar currently offers, and will help increase overall awareness of an exciting new technology in a vehicle we know our members will love."