With the new 2013 Honda Fit EV starting to hit dealerships this summer, the all-electric subcompact hatchback has finally received its official mile per gallon equivalent (MPGe) ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In combined driving, the new Honda Fit EV is rated at 118 MPGe with an estimated driving range of 82 miles (which is even better than Honda's initial estimate of 76 miles). Both of these ratings best other all-electric competitors such as the Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf.
The full EPA breakdown also includes ratings of 132 MPGe in the city and 105 MPGe on the highway, but one of the car's most promising stats is that the lithium-ion battery pack can be fully recharged (from when the low charge light comes on) in just three hours using a 240-volt source. All of these figures should be enough to give the Fit EV best-in-class status, and from the sound of it, this car should be pretty fun to drive as well with the electric motor producing 123 horsepower and 189 lb-ft of torque.
"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.
The 2013 Honda Fit EV was officially unveiled last year at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show, and Honda has already delivered the first Fit EV earlier this year to the city of Torrance, Calif. (where its North American headquarters is located). Retail customers in California and Oregon can begin leasing the Fit EV this summer with dealerships on the east coast expected to get the cars early next year - although no specific cities or regions were named.
Lease prices for the 2013 Honda Fit EV will start at $399 per month, and an MSRP was announced last year with a starting price of $36,625 which is directly in between its key competitors such as the $29,125 i-MiEV and the $39,200 Focus Electric (both are already on sale). A set MSRP could mean that it will eventually be offered for sale, but early customers can only get into the Fit EV on a lease-only basis. Pricing has not been announced for the charging station that was developed by Leviton Manufacturing Company for use on the Fit EV and the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid due out late next year.