Honda Fit EV: Most Fuel-Efficient Car Ever?
If EPA electric equivalency ratings are any guideline, the little Honda is tops.
The electric Fit, set to debut this summer in California and Oregon before heading to the East Coast in 2013, set 118 combined electric miles per "gallon," or MPGe. MPGe is the EPA's way of rating electric cars in the same fashion as gasoline models, by converting electricity's equivalent energy, in kilowatts, to a gallon of gasoline.
In this manner, the Fit EV beats the Nissan Leaf (99 MPGe), Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe) and Mitsubishi i (112 MPGe). It also beats them in terms of estimated range: The Fit EV supposedly can cover 82 miles in combined city and highway driving -- though, as with most EVs, the range will vary tremendously depending on climate and topography.
At $37,415, it costs way more than a loaded Accord and about that of a new BMW 328i. Leases will start at $389 per month for three years. Of course, there's a $7,500 electric-vehicle tax credit, but unlike a cash rebate, this just lowers what a buyer owes on his income taxes.
Overall, the Fit EV's efficiency sounds impressive, especially for a car with a lithium-ion battery pack that's several kilowatt-hours short of its competitors. Honda hasn't released official specs, but we'd say the efficiency is due to the Fit's smaller size and, hence, its likely lower weight.
We'll stop short of extolling the Fit EV until we drive it later this month in California. When we drive it in New England, which has few public charging stations are and 10-degree winter weather, then we'll really know if it's any good.
Honda Fit electric - 37,500 dollars, Honda Fit gas - under 16,000.00 for the difference to pay out, you'd have to drive over 100,000 miles with gas at $3.50, and assuming 25 mpg.
That's not counting the cost of charging the battery.
The numbers still don't work out.
A big problem if you live in rural areas, as most of the US is, not enough range.
At least a hybrid can get you home.
Good MPGe rating, but the $37,000 starting price is a hindrance. I assume there is a Federal tax credit like the Leaf and Volt.
And to the other posters: There are tons of other articles about other cars and brands on this and many other sites. If you don't like EV's and Hybrids, don't read AND comment about how much you hate seeing articles about them.
It's like hating tall people, then going on an NBA site and complaining about all the tall people playing basketball.
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