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Honda leads the EV efficiency pack

Honda is bragging that his new 2013 Fit EV is leading the highest ever mile per gallon equivalency rating for an electric vehicle at 118 MPGe. To put that in perspective, the other EVs on the market come close, but fall just short of that 118 MPGe rating.
The Ford Focus Electric has rating of 110 MPGe, while the Prius plug-in hybrid gets 95 MPGe. The Chevrolet Volt is rated for 95 MPGe, and the Mitsubishi I EV has a 115 MPGe rating.
Honda estimates that the annual fuel costs for operating the Fit EV will be about $500. The little car promises 100 miles per charge of driving range from the 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Fit EV has combined city/highway driving range estimated 82 miles.
Honda designed the car to be efficient with a highly efficient powertrain design and weight conscious engineering combined with effective aerodynamics so the Fit is able to get a longer driving range from its smaller battery pack than other electric vehicles. The smaller battery pack also means faster charging time. Honda promises the Fit EV can charge in under three hours from the low charge indicator light coming on when connected to a 240 V circuit.

"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.
Honda plans to market the Fit EV in select California in emerging markets starting this summer and then roll the vehicle out on the East Coast in 2013.

Source: Honda

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Good to see
By Paj on 6/6/2012 12:48:11 PM , Rating: 1
Rather than being a revolutionary product, this continues the process of iterative development of EVs. Slightly lighter, slightly cheaper for what you get, slightly more range.

Now all the major manufacturers are on board with EVs, the tipping point is drawing closer - eventually the Model T equivalent EV will arrive, and everyone will start buying them. Just a question of which company will get it first.

RE: Good to see
By kmmatney on 6/6/2012 1:31:21 PM , Rating: 2
It is good to see progress, but I think we'll still need hybrid cars for some time. I would love to see a plug-in hybrid with 100 miles of electric range, and a combustion engine to extend the range or to get you by between charges. That would probably be enough for me to buy one.

RE: Good to see
By Paj on 6/8/2012 7:31:04 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. As soon as these sorts of metrics are achievable, it will be the tipping point. ICE will eventually go the way of the steam train.

RE: Good to see
By Arsynic on 6/6/12, Rating: 0
RE: Good to see
By lennylim on 6/6/2012 2:08:11 PM , Rating: 2
You left out "and has a range of over X miles". I left out the value of X because everyone has a different criteria.

RE: Good to see
By Reclaimer77 on 6/6/2012 2:45:55 PM , Rating: 1
Now all the major manufacturers are on board with EVs

I wouldn't call being forced to provide EV's to meet CAFE fleet averages and other regulations as "being on board".

As long as ICE cars are around and affordable, you can kiss your dream of "everyone" buying EV's goodbye. The Model T had practically no competition, not the same as today.

The Libs and greenies know this which is why they are doing their best to lay down the blueprint for making sure ICE cars aren't around in the future.

RE: Good to see
By Keeir on 6/7/2012 2:01:04 AM , Rating: 1
The Model T had practically no competition, not the same as today.

Sigh. Why do you do this Reclaimer?

Not only did the Model T have lots of competition, the Model T wasn't even the closet to be the "cheapest" car available at the time. There was several cars cheaper.

The Model T was the first automobile that offered significant value in regards to cost and reached a level of mass production that made it nearly impossible to produce a comparable product at a comparable price. Notably it was neither the cheapest, nor the best feature set. Nor was it the first car produced on an assembly line.

But the Model T does show something. Ford's car immediately proceeding the Model T, the Model N/S was roughly the same price and had similiar performance. As far as I can tell (not being a car historian) the largest difference was the Model T had 4 seats and the Model N/S had 2. With a fair simple change, even without a price reduction, the automobile went from a niche item to a mass market item... in 1 product generation.

RE: Good to see
By lelias2k on 6/7/2012 9:51:45 AM , Rating: 2
Sigh. Why do you do this Reclaimer?

Seriously? You probably haven't read his posts before. lol

RE: Good to see
By Paj on 6/8/2012 7:29:02 AM , Rating: 2
Again, I'm talking about the world, not just the US.

Most European manufacturers are about to launch entire ranges of EVs - small, medium, family, transit - and expect them to sell better in countries that aren't the USA due to the anti-intellectual, anti-green fervour there.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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