Honda Fit EV Has Highest EPA Efficiency Rating Of Any Car

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The 2013 Honda Fit EV has earned the highest EPA efficiency rating granted to any vehicle offered in the U.S.: 118 miles-per-gallon-equivalent.

That's higher than the 2012 Mitsubishi i minicar, the previous record-holder at 112 MPGe, and considerably higher than the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric, at 99 MPGe and 105 MPGe respectively.

MPGe is an efficiency measure based on how far the car can travel on the amount of electricity with energy equivalent to that in a single gallon of gasoline.

The EPA has also rated the Honda Fit EV at 82 miles of driving range.

That's more than the Focus Electric (at 76 miles), the Leaf (at 73 miles), or the 'i' (at 62 miles).

So to put all the relevant data in a single table, here's a look at how all five battery-electric vehicles offered in the U.S. market so far stack up:

  • 2013 Honda Fit EV, 118 MPGe, 82 miles: 20-kWh battery pack, 92-kW motor
  • 2012 Mitsubishi 'i,' 112 MPGe, 62 miles:16-kWh battery pack, 66-kW motor
  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric, 105 MPGe, 76 miles: 23-kWh battery pack, 107-kW motor
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf, 99 MPGe, 73 miles: 24-kWh battery pack, 80-kW motor
  • 2012 Coda Sedan, 73 MPGe, 88 miles: 31-kWh battery pack, 100-kW motor

(We haven't included data for the 2012 Tesla Model S because its EPA ratings haven't yet been released--though they should be within the next couple of weeks.)

Honda's first electric car in roughly a decade should also be relatively punchy off the line, with a 92-kilowatt (123-horsepower) motor producing 188 lb-ft of torque to power the front wheels, giving it 15 percent more power than the larger Nissan Leaf.

We're expecting some of the car magazines to test the Fit EV, in fact, against the larger (and even more powerful) Ford Focus Electric to see which one has the best off-the-line and 0-to-60-mph times.

Honda quotes a recharging time of 3 hours for a fully depleted battery using a 240-Volt Level 2 charging station, likely indicating a 6.6-kilowatt charger (matching the Coda Sedan and Focus Electric, and faster than the current Leaf).

2012 Honda Fit EV

2012 Honda Fit EV

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Honda unveiled a prototype Fit EV electric car at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2010, and followed it up last fall by showing the 2013 production version.

That was when it revealed that it would offer just 1,100 Fit EVs from 2012 through 2014, clearly marking the electric subcompact as a compliance car whose sole purpose was to meet California's requirements for sales of zero-emission vehicles.

Which is too bad, in our eyes, since we consider the gasoline Honda Fit to be one of the best offerings in the subcompact class, even after several years--and we were eager to see the electric version hit the market.

The Fit EV carries a price of $36,625 (plus a mandatory $770 delivery fee), but Honda only plans to lease the car (for around $399 a month over three years), not sell it.

It will be offered this summer in select California and Oregon markets, and Honda says it will follow with a rollout on the East Coast next year.

We'll be driving a 2013 Honda Fit EV at the end of the month, and we'll bring you all our impressions of this latest electric vehicle then.


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Comments (8)
  1. Now things are getting interesting. It seems clear that there is more efficiency to be gained compared with the first-to-market LEAF. Even the heavy ActiveE outdid the LEAF with 102 MPGe.

    Speaking of which, why didn't the ActiveE make the list? It too is being leased just like the Fit EV.

  2. Maybe there is a minimum number produced to be eligible. ActiveE was only 500 right? Plus, the ActiveE is no longer available for sale or lease since BMW has already leased the test lot of EVs for their three year contracts.

  3. I know it is no longer for sale, but Tesla Roadster at 119 MPGe is the champ.

  4. The Fit makes a good starting point for a BEV. High roof, high seating positon, and a fuel tank packaged under the front seat. So a fair amount of room for batteries underneath.

    John, I'm most interested in Honda's manufacturing process for the Fit BEV. Nissan, GM, and Ford have all integrated their BEV/EREV's into their plants mixed with IC products so building BEV is transparent as far as the assembly process goes. This step is vital to reduce costs. Any idea if Honda is doing this with the Fit (which could indicate a possible expansion in markets/volume later), or is it being built off-line?

  5. They have made some aerodynamic tweaks to the Fit EV, and I think those help the range and efficiency. The economy mode does free-wheel coasting which also would help a lot in efficiency, and with lower drag, it coasts farther.

    Honda just needs to build as many as they can sell, and sell them everywhere! Why are they holding back? This will be a great car for almost everybody's daily driving.


  6. So sad...the best car in the business in it's class but only a compliance car...

  7. Is it possible this is just a slow roll-out and Honda just hasn't publicly announced it's expansion plans yet? By the numbers it certainly seems like this care would be at or near the top of pure EVs.

  8. You kept the worst for last: $37k! Plus, if you drive the car for about ten years and need to replace the battery pack you're looking at another $2,500 or so. 82 mile range doesn't cut it for me, either.

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