About Honda Fit EV
As an all-electric subcompact car, Honda Fit EV was manufactured by the Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation Honda from 2010 to 2015. It was limited produced for North American and Japanese markets. Build under the Electric Vehicle Testing Program and based on the Honda Fit, Honda Fit EV is available only for lease and a main competitor to the Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt. It is a pity that Honda announced the end of production of the Fit EV for the 2015 model in July 2014.
The Honda Fit EV concept electric car made its global debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show and a production version of Fit EV was unveiled at the November 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. It went on sale in the United States in July 2012 as a 2013 model. Honda Fit EV has three distinct driving modes: econ, normal, and sport. As a full-electric 5-door hatchback, Honda Fit EV never has to be filled up at the pump. It was powered by an electric motor making 123 horsepower and 189 lb-ft of torque as well as a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Besides sharing some interior layout with the standard Fit, Honda Fit EV also comes packed full of upscale amenities such as new environmentally friendly materials, tasteful metal, a unique digital instrument cluster, a voice-activated navigation system and so on.
Honda Fit EV Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Honda Fit EV's combined fuel economy is the highest of any electric car available in the United States market and plus its low prices, it is quite a popular vehicle among young people as well as people with family. But if you also have a Honda Fit EV, then you should be careful about these common problems:
First, battery dying is the most serious and fatal issue about Honda Fit EV. According to the online automotive complaint resource CarComplaints.com, when the vehicle reached about 14,000 miles, most drivers would meet this issue while driving. Since Fit EV does not rely on an engine to power on, then the battery is its power source. But battery dying has nothing difference with engine failure, both of them may cause drivability problem. Battery discharging and ignition could not turn over would make your vehicle stop moving. In order to avoid such condition and get yourself stuck in some awkward situations, you had better make sure your Fit EV alternator, ignition starter and battery working properly all the time.
Second, suspension failure is also a sting for Honda Fit EV owners. This issue may not that serious than above one, but it still could ruin your driving experience and sometimes throw you into danger. According to Honda Fit EV drivers, at first, they could hear clunking or rattling sounds from underneath the vehicle; gradually, they notice the tire wear is uneven so that vehicle tends to tilt to one side; but in the end, due to intense vibration and bouncing while driving as well as a shaky loose steering wheel, they feel harder to control the vehicle. If you do not want to be exposed to such risk, then please inspect the Fit EV axle shaft, wheel bearing, coil spring insulator and sway bar bushing immediately as long as those symptoms arise.
However, some auto parts in Honda Fit EV could not last as long as it could and that is why the routine maintenance on them is necessary. The wiper blade is made of soft rubber, a consuming material that could only last for years not forever. Meanwhile, it always works under harsh conditions such as heavy rains or snows. For better driving visibility, you should replace it every six to twelve months. Other parts such as headlight, fog light, door handle, cabin air filter and antenna should also be maintained on a regular basis.
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