It will soon be followed by a full launch of the model for punters in California and Oregan.

The delivery of the first example of the 2013 Honda Fit Electric Vehicle has been marked by a special ceremony at the Torrance City Hall. It will soon be followed by a full market launch for customers in California and Oregon.

"This is an exciting day as we take another important step toward Honda's comprehensive vision for reducing CO2 emissions while at the same time advancing our relationship with the city of Torrance," said Steve Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda. "Honda has a long history with electric vehicles starting with the introduction of our first battery-electric car, the EV Plus, nearly 15 years ago. With Honda's extensive experience and the real-world feedback from the city of Torrance, we will be even more prepared for the further customer adoption of electric vehicles."

The Japanese automaker first unveiled the 2013 Honda Fit EV at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November. It comes equipped with a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery that feeds the 92 kW (125 PS / 123 hp) coaxial electric motor, allowing it to complete up to 123 miles (198 km) on a single charge. Owners will be able to fully re-charge a depleted battery in just 3-hours.