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Published on March 31st, 2013 | by James Ayre

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LA Zipcar Fleet Now Includes 2013 Honda Fit EVs



Zipcar, the top carsharing network in the world, just announced that it is introducing the 2013 Honda Fit EV into its Los Angeles fleet of vehicles. The addition comes as a result of Zipcar’s recently created partnership with Honda, which will see the manufacturer’s top-of-the-line electric and hybrid vehicle make their way into the car-sharing network’s fleet.

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Image Credit: Honda Fit EV via Wikimedia Commons

“We are thrilled to be able to offer Honda Fit EVs to our members in the Los Angeles area through Zipcar’s program with Honda,” said Jeff Shields, general manager of Zipcar Los Angeles. “The new EVs will enhance the sustainable transportation options our Zipcar members have available to them and allow Los Angeles residents and visitors to further reduce their carbon footprint, all while driving one of the most technologically-advanced and fun cars on the road.”

For those unfamiliar with Zipcar, they are a pay-by-the-hour car-sharing network that provides access to a large fleet of vehicles throughout many of the major metropolitan areas in the US. Rates are pretty reasonable, and the new Honda Fit EVs will be available at a starting rate of $8.75 an hour. For those who occasionally may have use for a car but don’t want to own one, they are an attractive option.


 
PR Newswire states that “the first of the new Honda Fit EVs are located at 6464 and 6565 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, in commercial buildings managed by Paramount Contractors & Developers, Inc (PCD). The vehicles are located in Zipcar branded parking spots with charging stations.”

“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 MPGe1, and an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours per 100 miles1. 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 three hours from a low charge indicator illumination point2.”

Seems like a pretty good deal, for anyone located in the area anyways. :)

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



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