Honda Fit EV officially EPA rated at 118 MPGe with 82-mile range

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Looking for an alternative-fuel vehicle? Honda has just outfitted its fuel-efficient Honda Fit with an electric motor instead.  The company today has unveiled its latest creation of an all-electric Honda Fit EV, which according to U.S. EPA is officially rated at 118 MPGe with 82-mile range.  This means that the all-electric Honda Fits is rated at 132/105/118 city/highway/combined MPGe.

The Honda Fit EV is equipped with a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery with a 92-kW electric motor that generates about 123 horsepower and 188 ft-lb of torque.  The electric motor system features a driver-selectable 3-mode electric drive system, which are in normal, eco, and sports modes.  Best of all, the battery can be recharged in less than 3 hours from a low-charge when connected to a 240-volt circuit.  According to Honda in the published chart below, it is more efficient than the Mitsubishi i-Miev, Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf.

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“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.

As for now, the Honda Fit EV is only 1,100 units available for the U.S. Market.  Leases will start in select California and Oregon regions by the summer of 2012, later will in the East Coast by 2013.  The Fit EV will have an MSRP of $36,625.