The 2013 Honda Fit EV (earlier post) received a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mile-per-gallon-equivalency (MPGe) rating of 118 MPGe—the highest yet awarded by the EPA. City and highway cycle fuel-economy ratings are 132 and 105 MPGe, respectively. The FIT EV’s fuel consumption rating is 29 kWh per 100 miles; EPA-rated annual fuel cost is $500.
The 5-passenger 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).
|Honda Fit EV Efficiency Comparison|
|Model||EPA Combined MPGe||EPA Combined kWh/100m||Battery Capacity||EPA Label Range|
|Honda Fit EV||118||29||20 kWh||82 miles|
|Mitsubishi i-MiEV||112||30||16 kWh||62 miles|
|Ford Focus Electric||105||32||23 kWh||76 miles|
|Nissan Leaf||99||34||24 kWh||73 miles|
|CODA Auto. CODA||73||46||31 kWh||88 miles|
The Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than 3 hours from a low charge indicator illumination point with its 6.6 kW, 32A on-board charger and a 240-volt circuit.
The 92 kW (123 hp) coaxial electric motor generates 189 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. The system allows the driver to select between Econ, Normal and Sport to instantly and seamlessly change the driving experience to maximize efficiency or improve acceleration. While in Econ mode, practical driving range can increase by as much as 17% compared to driving in Normal mode. Acceleration improves significantly when in Sport mode.
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 is a part of Honda’s portfolio approach, which includes the development of battery-electric, hydrogen, natural gas, and gasoline-electric powered vehicles, to improve fuel-efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.