Honda unveiled the all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV last year at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, and it delivered one of the first models set for a test fleet to the mayor of Torrance, Calif. (where Honda's North American headquarters is located), Frank Scotto. Honda has also worked with the city of Torrance to set up charging stations and consumer events before the first retail Fit EV models go on sale this summer in California and Oregon. Honda will also deliver test vehicles to Google and Stanford University for real-world testing.
Mayor Scotto took delivery of his Fit EV from Steve Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda. Honda also said that it will present the city with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) at a later date, but it did not reveal which car this would be.
"This is an exciting day as we take another important step toward Honda's comprehensive vision for reducing CO2 emissions while at the same time advancing our relationship with the city of Torrance," said Center. "Honda has a long history with electric vehicles starting with the introduction of our first battery-electric car, the EV Plus, nearly 15 years ago. With Honda's extensive experience and the real-world feedback from the city of Torrance, we will be even more prepared for the further customer adoption of electric vehicles."