The fully electric version of the top-notch Honda Fit subcompact is currently in its testing phase and recently, it hit a serious milestone. When given to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the zero emissions five door went on a journey to show just how efficient it can be. The results speak for themselves as at the end of testing, the car managed to return the highest fuel efficiency rating ever given by the EPA. With a combined total equivalency rating of 118 MPGe, the Fit EV can officially out mileage the likes of the Focus Electric, LEAF and i-MiEV.
The EPA uses real-world testing to determine its mileage ratings for vehicles and has determined the Fit EV should average 132 MPGe in the city and 105 MPGe on the highway. To pinpoint an electric vehicle’s equivalency rating, driving range and kilowatt per hour are taking into consideration. With a consumption of 29 kWh per 100 miles and a segment leading 82 mile driving range, the Fit EV should prove to be one efficient alternative when it public debut hits. Along with efficiency should be another one-up: Honda charm.
“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. Putting 123 horsepower (92 kilowatts) and 189 lb-ft of torque to the ground, the light weight, short wheelbase, fully independent suspended electric hatch will surely be a hoot to drive. The car’s east coast debut will take place in 2013 and more market reveals will happen soon after.
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