Honda has unveiled the all-new 2013 Jazz EV (known as the Honda Fit in America) EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show and announced plans to begin leasing the battery electric commuter vehicle in the US in summer 2012.
The introduction of the Jazz EV to Europe has yet to be confirmed.
It will have a range of 123 city-miles per charge or 76 mile range combined adjusted city/highway, according to American cycles.
The Jazz EV is based on the Jazz and is a part of Honda’s diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles that includes petrol-electric hybrid , plug-in hybrid, fuel cell-electric and natural gas-powered models.
American Honda will begin leasing the Jazz EV to customers in select California and Oregon markets next summer, and will expand to six East Coast markets in early 2013.
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price in America is $38,675 with an estimated lease priced at $399 a month. Honda will monitor market acceptance, but expects volume at this early stage of production to be approximately 1,100 Jazz EVs over the next three years.
The Jazz EV is designed to meet the needs of an average urban commuter, offering an estimated driving range of 123-miles on a single charge using the US EPA city cycle test methods (Honda anticipates a combined city/highway EV range of 76 miles on the new Fuel Economy labels).
The Jazz EV will be powered by a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 92 kilowatt coaxial electric motor. The high-density electric motor, derived from the motor used in the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle , delivers excellent efficiency and power while remaining quiet at high speeds.
Driving range of the Jazz EV can be maximised by using several innovative features, including a 3-mode electric drive system, adapted from the Honda CR-Z Hybrid . The system allows the driver to select between Econ, Normal and Sport to change the driving experience to maximise efficiency or improve acceleration. While in Econ mode, practical driving range can increase by as much as 17 per cent compared to driving in Normal mode. Acceleration improves significantly when in Sport mode.
In addition to the 3-mode driving system, the Jazz EV includes interactive coaching features designed to assist the driver in maximising battery performance and driving range. The power meter alerts the driver to optimal driving conditions. Additional energy-saving features include a highly efficient electric air conditioning system and new regenerative braking system.
The 6.6 kW, onboard 32 amp charger allows for convenient recharging of the Jazz EV. With a 240-volt charger, the Jazz EV can fully recharge in as little as three hours. At launch timing, Honda will have a preferred Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) charging supplier.
To help the driver manage the electric vehicle ownership experience, the Jazz EV will have a standard telematics system that allows the driver to stay connected through a smartphone, personal computer or interactive remote. Through the Jazz EV smartphone and computer applications, the driver can remotely view the vehicle’s state of charge, initiate charging and activate the air conditioning and heater, to pre-condition the vehicle while connected to the grid which maximises battery range on start-up. The mobile application and website also offers the ability to set charging notifications and alerts to optimise charging times based on varying utility rates and provides access to 24-hour roadside assistance.
The Jazz EV will come equipped with a standard Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System that provides the ability to locate public charging stations and frequently updated traffic information.
The interactive remote allows the driver to monitor the vehicles state of charge and cabin temperature. Additionally, the driver can initiate and terminate charging and remotely turn on the air conditioning using the interactive remote. The interactive remote does not require an internet or mobile connection to operate however the driver must be within 100 feet (30 metres) of the vehicle.