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Honda announces Fit and Accord pilot program for California

Honda this week kicked off their Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program, with the first public tests of the Fit EV and Accord plug-in hybrids.

The Fit EV, with a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h) and a range of up to 100 miles (160 kms) on a single charge, features three settings – Econ, Normal, and Sport – designed to adjust output for either better energy conservation or performance, depending on the driver’s circumstances. You won’t see the Fit for sale in their pilot markets — the US and Japan — until 2012, but Google Inc., Stanford University and the City of Torrence will be receiving Fit EVs for testing in 2011.

“The goal of the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program is to more fully understand the challenges and opportunities associated with such a fundamental shift in technology,” said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “The city of Torrance and the other participants will play a key role, by providing real-world feedback on their experience. They will help us tackle the important issues surrounding customer adoption of electric vehicles.”

During the study, the city of Torrence will be focussing on charging infrastructure and public awareness of electric vehicles.

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