Honda’s little green baby, the all-electric vehicle Honda Fit EV is making a debut at Google and Standford University’s campuses. Equipped with a 20kWh lithium ion battery and an EPA driving range of 76 miles, the Honda Fit EV first introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2011 and is expected to be available for lease later this summer. Making a great addition to its car-sharing service for employees called the G-Fleet in its Mountain View campus, Google pioneers the use of these vehicles for research and at the same time cart employees around the campus as well as around town. Meanwhile Stanford University will primarily use the Honda Fit EVs for pure research only and study the difference between psychological and physical reactions of using battery-electric vehicles versus traditional gasoline-powered ones.
Expected to land first in select California and Oregon markets and further expanding to other six East Coast markets in early 2013, the Honda Fit EV is estimated to retail for $36,625 or at a lease price of $399.