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?
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