Car leasing news: Range of electric vehicles debut at LA Auto Show

JonathanNovember 19, 2010

Anyone who wants to take out a car leasing deal on an auto that boasts environmental credentials may want to pay attention to some of the vehicles debuting at this week’s LA Auto Show.

Honda has unveiled its Fit (Jazz) EV concept model, with the carmaker also announcing its plans to produce a mid-size, plug-in hybrid vehicle.

The Fit EV utilises Honda’s two-motor hybrid technology and has a range of approximately 100 miles. It is set to launch in Japan and the US in 2012, the organisation revealed.

Meanwhile, Toyota has unveiled its RAV4 EV concept, which was jointly developed with Tesla. The vehicle combines the compact SUV body of the RAV4 with an electric powertrain from Tesla.

During 2011, 35 vehicles will be constructed and used for testing, with the final version expected to arrive on forecourts from 2012.

Jim Lentz, president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor Sales USA, commented that the customer experience has been central to the development of the model, with the company aiming to provide a vehicle that is “compelling and affordable”.

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