That's the Highest EPA Rating So FarThe Honda Fit EV has received its official ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the numbers look good. Really good! It received a rating of 118 MPGe, which is the flawed but-that's-all-we-have way to compare electric car energy consumption to gas vehicle fuel economy. 118 MPGe is the best number that has been given out by the EPA so far, and as you can see in the comparison chart below, it leaves other competing commercial EVs in the dust. The Fit EV gets an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles. I'll be curious to see how that compares to the Tesla Model S, though, because while that car is much bigger, it is was designed from the ground up to be very energy-efficient (aluminum used to save weight, very aerodynamic shape, etc).
With such an efficient drivetrain, the Fit EV’s 20-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery provides the capacity to earn an EPA combined city/highway estimated driving range rating of 82-miles, allowing the Fit EV to surpass the EPA efficiency and range ratings of the Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe, 76-mile range), Nissan Leaf (99 MPGe, 73-mile range), and Mitsubishi i-MiEV (112 MPGe, 62-mile range). The Fit EV’s exceptionally efficient design – encompassing everything from savvy powertrain design, weight-conscious engineering and effective aerodynamics – makes the most of the Fit EV’s smaller battery. 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 Fit EV’s 92 kilowatt (123 horsepower) coaxial electric motor generates 188 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.
Honda debuted the 2013 Fit EV at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and announced plans to begin leasing the battery-electric commuter vehicle to customers in select California and Oregon markets during the summer of 2012, followed by an East Coast rollout in 2013. The Fit EV will be offered with three-year $389/month lease.