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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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meaningless number
By senbassador on 6/6/2012 6:21:45 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, so it gets "118 MPH". Thats a pretty meaningless figure. So how much electricity does it use, compared to the Ford Focus (which only gets 100 MPH)?

Don't get me wrong, electric cars are probably better for the environment and your wallet in the long run; but how are we supposed to be rational consumers if we just know the MPH, but have no idea how much electricity they will use, and how to do a side-by-side comparison.

RE: meaningless number
By Darksurf on 6/7/2012 10:45:39 AM , Rating: 2
NOT MPH! MPGe, you aren't paying attention. And this is new innovation is all great and dandy, but for people who live in states with lots of farms and ranches and drive 60mi one way to work, this car is useless. If they can give me 200mi range, then I'll be set.

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