2014 HONDA FIT EV: Honda’s Fit EV battery-electric commuter automobile will be on display during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, giving attendees the opportunity to see the limited production car in the Windy City.  Based on the Super-forward aero-form exterior design and five passenger cabin of the Fit and Fit Sport, the Fit EV is available on a limited basis, with continued production of about 40 vehicles per month. All EV models are front-wheel drive, and are 100-percent electric with a 20-kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery and a compact 92-kilowatt (kW) AC synchronous electric motor. The  Honda Fit EV boasts a world-leading energy efficiency in gasoline miles per gallon equivalent of 132 city miles per charge, with a 82-mile EPA adjusted range in combined city/highway driving. Three selectable modes let the driver choose between NORMAL, ECON and SPORT driving characteristics, altering the driving experience to maximize efficiency or enjoy the thrilling side of electric drive. With a 240-volt AC Level 2 supply connected to the Fit EV's standard onboard 6.6 kW charger, the required time is less than three hours. Really cool, is how charging can be started or stopped with an interactive remote control. Occupants within the five passenger cabin notice the whisper-silences, and with four individual seat configurations, the cargo room opens up to 12.0 cu. ft., or an impressive 49.4 cu. ft. of payload room when seatback is lowered. Honda environmental thinking extends to the first use of new Bio-Fabric seat material, which contains a sugarcane-based material to avoid increasing the demand for a nutritional crop like corn. 

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