Jun 8, 2012
Chris Salamone

Fit EV Reigns MPG Supreme!

There’s no denying that consumers are fond of the Honda Fit. Time and time again, auto journos rank Honda Fit among the best subcompacts available on the market – despite a virtually un-updated design since 2007. But one of the major drawbacks of Honda’s popular people mover, especially relative to newer subcompacts, is fuel economy. The standard Fit achieves a mere 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, both woefully inadequate in a category of vehicles topped with 40+ mpg stars.

Interestingly, though, the Honda Fit’s mpg inadequacy did not carry over to the incoming 2013 Honda Fit EV. As of today, Honda released a press statement which summed up the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency’s MPG test.

2013 Honda Fit EVs are rated to achieve 118 MPGe with a range of 82 miles, or the highest ever fuel efficiency tested by the EPA.

For the record, that’s leaps and bounds above the competition: Mitsubishi i-MiEV produces a combined 112 MPGe under 62 miles, Ford Focus Electric averages 105 MPGe in 76 miles, and Nissan’s almighty Leaf runs at 99 MPGe in a 73 mile range. Subcompact EV competitive comparisons just became a lot less competitive.

“Just as important as the industry-leading fuel-efficiency and fast recharging time, as a Honda, the 2013 Fit EV will be an absolute kick to drive,” said Steve Center, vice president of the American Honda Environmental Business Development Office.

Fit EV will be powered by a 92 kilowatt or 123 horsepower and 188 lb-ft torque coaxial electric motor. The suspension is fully-independent and drivers can choose between 3 modes of electric driving – borrowed from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid.

Sadly the Fit EV will lose one of the vehicle’s most beloved features: fold-flat rear seating. Instead, rear seats will fold forward at a slight angle, most likely to account for the EV’s battery.

But losing a bit of interior storage space isn’t a total loss. The 2013 Honda Fit EV still ranks as the most fuel efficient and perhaps the least expensive (to own) electric vehicle on the market. Honda plans to start leasing Fit EVs this summer to customers in California and Oregon at $389/month for a period of three years – that’s right on par with the price of a Nissan Leaf with greater storage space, fuel economy, and a name people associate with reliability.

East Coasters will have to wait until 2013 for leasing offers.

 



Source : Honda