The 2013 Honda Fit EV, has received a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe, and an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kwh) per 100 miles.
Full EPA MPGe ratings for the Fit EV are 132/105/118 city/highway/combined. These numbers translate in an EPA rated annual fuel cost of only $500.
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).
A huge plus of the Fit EV is the fact its battery can be recharged in less than three 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 pound-feet 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 per month lease. This lease is based on a $37,415 MSRP and there is no purchase option at lease end.