2013 Honda Fit EV has just received the highest fuel-efficiency rating ever given by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In particular, the number it has shown is exactly of 118 MPGe.

Furthermore this Honda electric vehicle has an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles. This makes its EPA rated yearly fuel cost of only $500.

The reason for this efficient drive is that the Fit is equipped with a 20-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, which provides the capacity to earn an EPA combined city/highway estimated driving range rating of 82-miles. Compared to the other electric vehicles, the Fit EV has the best fuel economy. For example, the EPA efficiency and range ratings of the Ford Focus Electric are 105 MPGe, 76-mile range; of Nissan Leaf - 99 MPGe, 73-mile range; and Mitsubishi i-MiEV - 112 MPGe, 62-mile range.

What contributes additionally for the fuel economy is the Fit EV's efficient design. This includes the powertrain design, the weight-conscious engineering and the effective aerodynamics. In addition, the battery of the EV is the smallest one in its class and can be recharged in less than 3 hours from a low charge indicator illumination point (utilizing 240-volt circuit).

Important to mention is that the Fit EV's 92 kilowatt (123 horsepower) coaxial electric motor produces 189 ft-lb (256 Nm) of torque. In addition, it works in team with a chassis with a fully-independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode electric drive system. The latter one was adapted from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid.

In fact, this takes the Fit one step further, to the accomplishment of Honda's goal to bring more environmental awareness to thee world. Furthermore, the brand aims to continue developing battery- electric, hydrogen, natural gas, and gasoline-electric powered vehicles, which are to show improved fuel-efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.

Moreover, Honda Fit has topped the list of America's greenest vehicles, from the America Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), for eleven consecutive years. Today, the company is striving for even greater reductions in CO2 emissions.

2013 Honda Fit EV

Honda Fit EV Efficiency Comparison
Model EPA Combined MPGe Rating EPA Combined kWh/100ml1 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

Source: Honda