The 118 MPG Car!
If you live only in California or Oregon, Honda is leasing 1100 of its newest electric hybrid, 2013, Fit EV. It is a test program and consumers will not be able to buy them BUT the Fit EV gets a whopping 118 MPG! Can you imagine? If you are running solely on battery power, you still get 82 MPG.
This Fit is the best hybrid yet. Better than the Mitsubishi @ 112 MPG, the Ford Focus @ 105 MPG and the Leaf@ 99 MPG. The real innovation is its smaller and lighter yet more powerful battery that drives 82 miles on a single charge. Granted, the car is small but the 20 kilowatt batteries are 13% smaller than any of the other electrics by 13 to 17%. That is huge in weight of the battery. The smaller batteries charge faster using 240 volts, it takes only three hours instead of 6-8. Honda has estimated that fuel costs for this Fit are only $500 a year!
If you are interested, Honda will lease the car on a three year lease at $389\mo with no down payment. The test run is starting now and the car is slated for release in 2013. This is a huge step for electric cars whose biggest issue remains the battery. Honda has taken the first steps to decrease the size and weight while making it much better.