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Zipcar San Francisco fleet includes new Honda Fit EV

Zipcar, Inc., a car sharing network, and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. have introduced the 2013 Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicles into the Zipcar fleet, starting in San Francisco. The addition of the new electric vehicles comes as a result of the program announced by Honda and Zipcar in April 2012, through which Honda became a Zipcar preferred vehicle manufacturer with a focus on hybrid and electric vehicles.

The new Honda Fit EVs will be placed in Zipcar locations throughout San Francisco. These vehicles will be available for hourly reservation by all Zipcar members, starting from just $8.00 per hour. Zipcar and Honda also have plans to introduce additional Honda Fit EV vehicles to Zipcar fleets in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon this fall.

Honda’s 2013 Fit EV, based on its popular five-passenger Fit, earns a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe, and an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours per 100 miles. The 100-percent electric Honda Fit EV features a 20-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a compact 92-kilowatt AC synchronous electric motor that generates 189 ft.lb. of torque. When connected to a 240-volt circuit, the Honda Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than 3 hours from a low charge indicator illumination point.

The agreement between Honda and Zipcar gives Zipcar members increased access to Honda’s vehicles, making the service even more sustainable. Zipcar’s platform is ideal for the inclusion of these types of vehicles as it allows urban dwelling drivers to get a firsthand introduction to the newest technology and share that experience within their networks.

Zipcar is a longstanding pioneer in using advanced vehicle technologies. It was the first car sharing company in the United States to introduce electric vehicles, starting in Boston in 2002, and the first to offer hybrid vehicles through a partnership with Honda in Seattle in 2003. Zipcar member surveys show a strong interest in the use of advanced technology and alternate fuel vehicles in the program.