Honda delivers first all-electric vehicle in California

The 2013 Honda Fit EV is available for lease only in California and Oregon; markets on the East Coast will get the car early next year.

Matt Walton of Ventura County, Calif., takes delivery of the first 2013 Honda Fit EV, now available on-lease in select California and Oregon markets. (PRNewsFoto/American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

Honda has delivered its first all-electric vehicle, but unless you live in California or Oregon it will be another six months before you will have an opportunity to claim one of your own.

And, even then, you'll have to be willing to lease it. Matt and Becky Walton from Ventura Country, Calif., are the first to drive away with the 2013 Honda Fit EV after being the first ones to get their name on the Web site waiting list.

The cars, which are available on a limited basis in California and Oregon, can be leasted starting at $389 per month for a three-year term. That translates into a sticker price of about $36,625.

"The Honda Fit EV is  not only a sustainable and energy-efficient transporation option with the highest fuel-efficiency rating of any EV, but it has the added bonus of being fun-to-drive and can fully recharge from empty in less than three hours," said Matt Walton, in a statement from Honda.

Honda plans to extend the program to cities on the East Coast of the United States in early 2013.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has blessed the Fit with an official rating of 118 miles per gallon equivalent and a range of 82 miles. 

Honda has been slower to market with electric vehicles than other companies, notably Toyota, because it has been researching the possibilities of hydrogen.

Two years ago, however, it relaxed that stance and the all-electric Fit is its first major debut at the low end of the electric vehicle category.

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