‘Unprecedented Rating of Just 29 Kilowatt Hours per 100 Miles’
American Honda has claimed the pole position in the race for the most efficient all-electric vehicle, citing U.S. EPA figures of a 118 miles-per-gallon-equivalency (MPGe), “and an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles.”
“With an EPA rated annual fuel cost of only $500,” the manufacturer says, “the fun-to-drive 2013 Honda Fit EV can help consumers get more miles for each charging dollar.”
Level 2 charge time is stated at less than three hours. In April, Honda named Leviton as its preferred supplier of EV chargers.
Honda credits low weight, aerodynamics and “savvy powertrain design” for the battery car’s performance.
The Fit EV has a 92-kilowatt (123 horsepower) coaxial electric motor generating 188 ft-lb of torque. The car has a fully-independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode electric drive system adapted from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid.
The Fit EV’s 20-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery affords a single charge range of 82 miles, Honda says, edging the battery electric competition from Ford, Mitsubishi and Nissan.
Honda says it plans to begin leasing the battery-electric commuter vehicle to customers in select California and Oregon markets this summer, with an East Coast rollout in 2013. The Fit EV will be offered with a three-year, $389-per-month lease.
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