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USA: Honda Fit electric gets record 118 mpg-e rating

Updated 5:20 p.m. ET with Honda comment, number of cars to be leased and corrects mpg-e in first paragraph. 1:50 p.m. ET with more details, comparisons.

The electric version of Honda’s new 2013 Honda Fit has received the highest fuel-efficiency rating ever given by the Environmental Protection Agency: 118 mpg-e in mixed city-highway driving.

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Honda says the miles-per-gallon-equivalent rating using EPA methodology for city driving is 132 mpg-e, highway is 105. The 118 combined driving rating beats by 6 mpg-e the former top dog, the electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

The battery Fit uses no gasoline — the mpg-e measure is intended to compare equal amounts of energy used. But the upshot is that a year’s worth (15,000 miles) of electricity to power the car is estimated by the EPA to cost less than $500 at current average electric rates — $1,300 a year less than for a conventional gasoline Fit with automatic or $650 less than for a Toyota Prius hybrid.


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