Honda has announced the 2013 Fit EV has been given the highest fuel-efficiency rating in the EPA's history.

Honda has announced the 2013 Fit EV has been given the highest fuel-efficiency rating in the EPA's history.

Boasting a combined rating of 118 MPGe and a range of approximately 82 miles, the model handily beats other electric vehicles like the Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe / 76 mile range), Nissan Leaf (99 MPGe / 73 mile range) and Mitsubishi i-MiEV (112 MPGe / 62 mile range). Additionally, the EPA estimates the car will have an annual running cost of just $500.

As we have previously reported, the Fit EV has a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery which powers an electric motor that produces 125 PS (92 kW / 123 hp) and 189 lb-ft (256 Nm) of torque. When the battery is depleted, it can be recharged in less than three hours with a 240V rapid charger.

The Honda Fit EV will be available for lease this summer in "select" California and Oregon markets.

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