Google and Stanford University have confirmed they are one of the first recipients of the 2013 Fit EV battery-electric vehicles from Honda. The vehicles have been given as part of the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program.
According to a press release, Google and Stanford University, along with the city of Torrance, Calif., will now conduct general tests and provide feedback to Honda for future introduction of electric vehicles.
"The goal of the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program is to better understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the advancement in battery-electric technology," said Steve Center, Vice President of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda.
"Honda has a long history with electric vehicles beginning with the introduction of our first battery-electric car, the EV Plus, nearly 15 years ago. Honda's experience and the unique feedback that Google, Stanford University and the city of Torrance will provide will be valuable to the future introduction of battery-electric technology," he added.
Honda also plans to lease the battery-electric commuter vehicle to customers in select California and Oregon markets during the summer of 2012 and to the east coast markets during spring in 2013.
The Fit EV is equipped with 92- kW coaxial electric motor and with 20-kWh lithium-ion battery, which can fully recharged in as little as 3 hours when connected to a 240-volt circuit.
Google will use the Fit EV as a part of its G-Fleet, an employee car-sharing service that features numerous plug-in vehicles. A research team in Stanford will study the difference in physical and psychological reactions between the battery-electric vehicle and a gasoline-powered vehicle.
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