By Gary Thomas
The 2013 Honda Fit EV, has earned the highest EPA fuel-efficiency rating, which is a combined adjusted EPA rating of 118 MPGe. Moreover, with a minimal consumption rating of 29 kWh per 100 mi and minimal EPA rated yearly fuel cost of $500, the 2013 Honda Fit EV delivers extra mileage to consumers.
2013 Honda Fit EV Receives Highest Fuel Efficiency Rating Ever Given by EPA. (PRNewsFoto/American Honda Motor Co.)
The combination of highly efficient drivetrain and 20-kWh lithium-ion battery enables the Fit EV to receive an EPA combined city/highway estimated driving range rating of 82 mi, a value better than the EPA range and efficiency ratings of Mitsubishi i-MiEV (62-mile range, 112 MPGe), Nissan Leaf (73-mile range, 99 MPGe), and Ford Focus Electric (76-mile range, 105 MPGe).
The Fit EV’s sensible powertrain design, effective aerodynamics, and weight-conscious engineering complement its smaller battery. Moreover, the Fit EV battery is rechargeable within 3 h when linked to a 240-V circuit. Its 92 kW coaxial electric motor is capable of generating a torque of 189 ft-lb and is connected to a driver-selectable 3-mode electric drive system and a chassis featuring a fully-independent suspension.
The 2013 Fit EV was introduced by Honda at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The company then revealed its plans to start leasing the Fit EV to customers in select Oregon and California markets during 2012 summer and subsequent East Coast launch in 2013. The battery-electric commuter vehicle is part of the company’s portfolio approach, including the advancement of battery- electric, gasoline, natural gas, hydrogen-electric powered vehicles to low carbon dioxide emissions and increase fuel efficiency.