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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:51 am

Boomer23 wrote: • Lease is $389/mo, plus tax, no consumer capital payment required, first payment due on lease, 36 month, 12,000 mile per year lease with no purchase option.
EDIT: Honda may be providing free collision insurance with this lease. Honda's literature was unclear. I have a question in to Honda to confirm this. If true, it makes the lease much more of a bargain.
Since these are lease only vehicles why are they putting a mileage limit on them? I would think they would want people to put as much mileage on them as possible for the feedback it would provide just like they did for the EV Plus leases in the late 90s.
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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:39 am

Update: Honda confirmed no charge maintenance and collision coverage is part of the lease. They provided fine print below.

As to why Honda chose to limit mileage on the lease, anyone's guess is as good as mine. It is interesting, since mileage is limited on traditional leases because the car is worth less to a resale buyer, and hence to the receiving dealer. But if the Fit EV is not going to be re-sold, why does it matter to Honda?

Anyway, here's the deets on the lease:

Subject to limited availability through October 2014 in designated market regions on approved credit through
American Honda Finance Corp. Closed end lease for 2013 Honda Fit EV for well-qualified lessees meeting specific
use and operation requirements. Not all applicants will qualify. No purchase option at lease end. MSRP $37,415
(includes destination). Excludes tax, title, license, registration, options and insurance. Zero capitalized cost
reduction due from Lessee; electric vehicle federal tax credit applied as capitalized cost reduction. Lessee
responsible for tax on capitalized cost reduction where applicable. Total monthly payments $14,004.00. Lessee
responsible for non-routine maintenance, excessive wear/tear and up to $0.20/mi. over 12,000 mi./yr. Lease
includes collision coverage, routine maintenance, roadside assistance and navigation system updates. Please see
your authorized Fit EV dealer for complete details.
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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:55 am

Pictures are posted now, whew!
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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:40 am

I notice that Honda chose 15" wheels (185/65/15) which are the Minus-One fitment to the LEAF tire size (205/55/16), yet the cars are basically the same weight. I have to imagine that the choice of wheels makes a noticeable difference in efficiency. The wrap-around spoiler on the rear helps, too. I'm still surprised that no-one appears to have stepped up and made some effort to reduce drag further on the LEAF to improve highway range, but the complex shape of the rear of the LEAF doesn't make it that easy.

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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:49 am

When my wife and I were at the auto show a year or two ago and saw both LEAF and FIT EV prototypes we were hoping to compare each for purchase but alas, the Fit took much longer to come out than the LEAF and we ended up not being able to compare the LEAF to anything (obviously). With that being said the Fit EV looks like it would have won my money had it had been available at the time of purchase, and been able to be purchased - which it is not.

The video that shows the iPhone app is EVERYTHING I want the LEAF app to be. The major improvements I have been wanting for the LEAF app that the Fit app have:
-Set/change charging schedules
-Inside cabin temperature (although I'd like to see outside temperature as well)
-SOC %

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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:22 pm

drees wrote:I notice that Honda chose 15" wheels (185/65/15) which are the Minus-One fitment to the LEAF tire size
I remember when I was a kid our 1972 Pontiac station wagon had 15" wheels... as I recall it was over 6000 lbs.
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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:26 pm

Great write-up, Phil. I'll be sure to let my Honda contact know that at least one LEAF owner really liked the car. Maybe I'll get that call in the coming weeks to start the lease process, too.
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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:38 pm

First, I love the HFEV. I think it's extremely serious competition to the Leaf and FFE. I wish it was available now, but if we get a Leaf we'll lease so hopefully the HFEV will be nationwide in 3.5 years.
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Boomer23 wrote: • Lease is $389/mo, plus tax, no consumer capital payment required, first payment due on lease, 36 month, 12,000 mile per year lease with no purchase option.
EDIT: Honda may be providing free collision insurance with this lease. Honda's literature was unclear. I have a question in to Honda to confirm this. If true, it makes the lease much more of a bargain.
Since these are lease only vehicles why are they putting a mileage limit on them? I would think they would want people to put as much mileage on them as possible for the feedback it would provide just like they did for the EV Plus leases in the late 90s.
I thought the same thing. But, I think going unlimited - like BMW - might be a mistake if you lease it to someone who drives or shares the car so often that their mileage is off the charts. The data created is worthless because so few other people are similar.

Whatever, I really like the HFEV, thanks for the review.
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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:17 pm

sparky wrote:Great write-up Phil.
I can't believe I had to miss this Pasadena test-drive opportunity ( I was in CDR hell all week).
I hope I can snag a Fit test drive in the near future. I'm glad Honda decided to activate performance options in the Fit design. Performance - both handling and accel, can be such a strong point for EVs, I hope the future econo-EVs use it as a selling point. It's what I'll require in my next EV.
Thanks, Sparky. Your comment about wanting to get a test drive some time reminded me of something I neglected to mention in my review. Honda plans to put demo Fit EVs at their few selected EV dealers for test drives. Honda also has plans with ZipCar to include 30 Fit EVs as the first plug in car in the ZipCar fleet. So you'll have two ways to get behind the wheel of one of these zippy little cars.

Incidentally, I was told that these demo cars and ZipCar cars will be included in the 1,100 total Fit EVs designated for the US, so there will be a few fewer than one might have thought.
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Re: Offcial Honda Fit EV thread-availble summer 2012, lease

Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:54 pm

Collision insurance is usually fairly cheap (it costs me about $165 a year on my Leaf). It is the other coverages that are expensive... Also, only 12,000 miles a year would be a deal breaker for me...
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