Honda Fit EV Gets Highest EPA Fuel Efficiency Rating Ever
That groan you hear is from the beleaguered Mitsubishi executives who until this morning held the title with the Mitsubishi i-MIEV, an electric vehicle that had given the Japanese automaker some footing (and more important respectability) in the electric vehicle industry, with its 112 MPGe.
The 2013 Honda Fit EV also beats the Mitsubishi in the categories of energy efficiency and battery capacity. The Fit also goes further on a charge at 82 miles to 62 miles. There are these other factors: the Fit is just a superior car and it's a Honda. People buy Hondas. Who buys Mitsubishis anymore?
Honda's EV stacks up pretty well against the competition. It surpasses the EPA efficiency and range ratings of the Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe, 76-mile range) and Nissan Leaf (99 MPGe, 73-mile range). Those two, and the Chevrolet Volt, are going to be its real competition in the consumer market when it comes to electric vehicles.
There's another factor that might help the 2013 Honda Fit EV dominate the market: relatively quick charge time. 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. Most batteries are looking at a four-hour recharge time.
Plus, as Honda is wont to point out, the Fit is going to have a little zip under its hood. The Fit EV's 92 kilowatt (123 horsepower) coaxial electric motor generates 189 ft-lb of torque (that's a lot for a little car), 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.