With a combined adjusted miles-per-gallon equivalency rating of 118 MPGe (or 1.9L/100km), the 2013 Honda Fit EV trumps the Mitsubishi i-MiEV (112 MPGe or 2.1L/100km), Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe or 2.2L/100km), and Nissan LEAF (99 MPGe or 2.4L/100km). That means the Fit EV's annual fuel cost amounts to just $500, which is remarkable.
Under the hood is a 92 kilowatt (123 horsepower) coaxial electric motor that generates 189 pounds-feet of torque as well as a battery that can be recharged in less than three hours from a low charge indicator illumination point when connected to a 240-volt circuit. A driver-selectable 3-mode electric drive system adapted from the CR-Z sport hybrid is also part of the equation.
Honda announced plans to begin leasing the Fit EV to customers in select California and Oregon markets this summer, followed by an East Coast rollout in 2013.
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is one of the latest entrants in the hotly contested compact crossover segment. If I blur the lines slightly, and blend compact and midsize CUVs, they accounted for 6 out 20 of the bestselling vehicles in Canada for 2012. These things are big business.