Meet the new mileage champ: The tiny 2013 Honda Fit EV.

The little electric four-door hatchback hits a combined electric equivalent of 118 miles per gallon, according to Environmental Protection Agency testing results announced today.

Powered by a 20-kilowatt lithium ion battery, the 123-horsepower Fit EV earned a final electric equivalent mileage of 105 mpg in the city / 132 empg on the highway, according to the EPA. Of course, the Fit EV doesn't burn any gasoline directly, but instead uses its battery pack to propel it an estimated 82 miles before needing a recharge.

That mileage number outperforms bigger and more powerful electric cars such as the Mitsubishi i-MIEV, which has a 62-mile range and 112 e mpg; the Ford Focus electric, which has a 76-mile range and 105 empg; and the Nissan Leaf with a 73-mile range and 99 empg.

Furthermore, Honda Motor Co. says that the Fit EV can recharge its smaller battery pack in just three hours, when using a 240-volt charger. No other electric vehicle has as fast of a recharging time.

Honda will begin rolling out the Fit EV in select markets in California and Oregon this summer as a lease-only vehicle. The company will then expand Fit EV availability to the East Coast next year. The lease will cost $398 a month, according to Honda.


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      rok65vett
      • 2 Years Ago
      wall street greed will make sure this car doesnt enter the United States
        Jack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rok65vett
        If that made any sense at all, then I'd know what else to say.
      • 2 Years Ago
      $398 per month to lease a car that has an 82 mile range?? Thomas Edison and Henry Ford had an electric car prototype that did this well over 100 years ago. Does anyone else smell a rat?
        alfredschrader
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah, but they didn't have the T-Drive I invented that stores the charge in carbon foam. The T-Drive can store and develop 5,000 amps in under 30 seconds. It delivers this to the Neodium motor through cables half the diameter of your wrist AND gets 90 mpgs. I've already tested the circuit. It developes more power than a Corvette....Al-
      • 2 Years Ago
      i own a big Cad it got 50 miles a gal on high way and it was a nice plush ride. Not a tinc. toy
        • 2 Years Ago
        You must really be bad at math. the funny thing is that Caddy will be worth less than the Honda in 5 years.
          redwingirish
          • 2 Years Ago
          How much will your honda be worth when something goes wrong and they don't honor you warranty? (And they don't!)
        kevin
        • 2 Years Ago
        you are a liar flat out, 20's max. Source: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=make&path=4&year1=2012&year2=2013&make=Cadillac&srchtyp=newMake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugly! I like the idea, but the car is ugly. The Volt is the best looking of these cars and it is a bit boring looking. All the rest are ugly. Why?
        • 2 Years Ago
        Clearly you haven't seen the Tesla Model S. It's fully electric and looks f'in amazing, with a better range and extremely superior performance to any other electric.
      Tammy
      • 2 Years Ago
      still not practical for any more than around town....my prius c is getting 55-60 mpg and I can go from ny to florida if I wanted...Electric cars need to be able to be more practical as the family car...it's a start though ;)
        Jack Holliday
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tammy
        I SERIOUSLY DOUBT YOUR preeus gets 55 mpg...how about 100 degree days with a 30 mph headwind ? you probably have to get out and push....
          THE GREAT ONE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jack Holliday
          No Yhe prius uses both the electric motor and the gas motor for acceleration and moves the car fast, the biggest problem is at first you find yourself going 90 mph without knowing it
      chuckl4826
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lease for $398 dollars a month..plus your increased electric costs per month.......
      crazybobmt
      • 2 Years Ago
      and in montana with our 30 below zero winter nightsand the need for 4 wheel studded snow tires the range is???and the ground or should i say snow clearance underneath , the ability to go in snow is???iv'e noticed electric cars need special tires to hold all that extra weight so when will i be abl;e to haul more then 1 days worth of wood??i guess that car will be fine for city dwellers or suburbanites without kids sorry no sale...
        poorboywrx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crazybobmt
        just curious, do you post the same worthless rant in articles about exotic sports cars? Or perhaps articles about motorcycles and boats! They can't drive in the snow and tow more than a days worth of wood, useless!!!! Get a clue, electric cars AREN'T for everyone.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yet another death trap from Japan.
      Stephen Darden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hello Honda: Keep up the good work. I think the Fit will do just fine. I have seen them up close and the car has plenty of space and comfort. Warm Regards: Stephen H. Darden
      Spike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still doesn't look good though- -why can't they put "style" in these good gas cars??
      hondarx98
      • 2 Years Ago
      What I don't understand is why can't someone turn the rear axle into an alternator. Let the electric motor pull the car down the road with front wheel drive, and have the rear wheels recharging the batteries so you don't have to plug it in. But what do I know?
        kevin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hondarx98
        drag reduces the distance you can go, rolling resistance lessened means more mpg
        THE GREAT ONE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hondarx98
        that alternotor would use more electricy from the battery than it replaced
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hondarx98
        You know, you just might be on to something...interesting question. Even if you couldn't effectively get a full charge off the rear axle alternator, wouldn't you at least be able to extend the range? Hope someone out there might be able to answer your question, I'd be very interested in knowing. PS...perhaps you need to jump on the patent ASAP...LOL
        rmbl2010
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hondarx98
        That's right. What do you know?
      Harold
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a 1979 VW hatchback rabbit with diesel engine that got more than 50 mpg hwy. WHERE'S THE ENGINEERING YOU PEOPLE THAT ARE SO HIGH ELECTRIC /
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