Published on June 6th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


2013 Honda Fit EV Lands New EPA Fuel-Efficiency Record (118 MPGe)

June 6th, 2012 by  


The Ford Focus Electric landed the EPA’s most “fuel-efficient car” rating ever in March with a combined fuel efficiency of 105 MPGe (and 110 MPGe in the city). The Mitsubishi i came along and topped that with a combined MPGe of 112. Now, the 2013 Honda Fit EV has received the EPA’s highest rating ever with a 118 MPGe combined fuel efficiency. Congrats to Honda! (But how long will it hold the title?)



In a news release on the announcement, Honda notes: “with an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles and low EPA rated annual fuel cost of $500, the fun-to-drive 2013 Honda Fit EV can help consumers get more miles for each charging dollar.”

The EV has an estimated combined city/highway driving range of 82 miles, beating its competitors (Ford Focus Electric = 76 miles, Nissan Leaf = 73, Mitsubishi i = 62), due to its efficient design and 20-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. The battery is smaller than what’s in the Leaf (24-kWh Li-ion battery) and Ford Focus Electric (23 kWh), but apparently powers the more efficiently designed car a bit further.

“Additionally, the Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than 3 hours from a low charge indicator illumination point when connected to a 240-volt circuit,” the company notes.

And, apparently, the car will have quite a bit of power behind it. “The Fit EV’s 92 kilowatt (123 horsepower) coaxial electric motor generates 189 ft-lb of torque, and is teamed to a chassis with a fully-independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode electric drive system adapted from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid.”

2013 Honda Fit EV leasing is supposed to begin in certain California and Oregon markets this summer, and the car should hit the East Coast in 2013.

What do you think? Into the Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i, Nissan Leaf, or Honda Fit EV the most?

Source: Honda 
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  • Scott Groves

    Did someone forget to include the Tesla Roadster? In the city circuit it got 124 mpge using a 30 kWh system.

  • Bob_Wallace

    Do you know if the EPA kWh/100 miles number includes power lost while charging?

    If not, then add in another 10%?


    Miles per kW:

    Honda FT – 4.07
    Mitsubishi – 3.73
    Ford Focus – 3.28
    Nissan Leaf – 2.91

    Need to temper those numbers with vehicle weight/interior volume. But if they are roughly the same then Honda has come to market with a much better EV than Nissan’s Leaf.

    kWh per mile for the Honda = 0.29. At $0.08/kWh that’s just slightly over 2 cents per mile.

    To drive as cheaply with a 50mpg gasmobile you’d have to have access to $1.16/gallon fuel.

    Get the price of batteries down and we’ll see a major shift in how we power personal transportation.

    • Zachary Shahan

      just built off of this to write a fun post on price of fuel for various automobile options. 😀

      thanks! 😀

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