Honda has thrown down the gauntlet by achieving the highest ever fuel efficiency rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its 2013 Fit EV (electric vehicle).
The subcompact electric car achieved a combined adjusted mile per gallon equivalency rating of an impressive 118 MPGe. The car consumes 29 kilowatt hours of electricity per 100 miles, and the EPA rated the yearly fuel coast at just $500.
Honda has said that the EPA estimated the Fit EV’s combined city and highway driving range at 82 miles per charge. The Ford Focus Electric has a combined adjusted mile per gallon equivalency rating of 105 mpg with a 76 mile range. The Nissan Leaf has a combined rating of 99 mpg with a 73 mile range. These are all great, considering the fuel efficiency (or lack thereof) of new cars in previous decades.
Honda has announced plans to start leasing the Fit EV to drivers in some areas of California and Oregon later this year, and there will be an East Coast release in 2013.
Image: 2013 Honda Fit EV