Friday, April 5, 2013

Two Leading Japanese Electric Cars: Honda Fit EV and Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Japan has been the world leader in well priced fuel efficient small cars for decades and this leadership continues as we enter the era of electric vehicles. The Honda Fit EV and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV are two of the best Japanese small cars and two of the most fuel efficient vehicles in the world.

The 2013 Honda Fit EV (Electric vehicle), has received a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPG (equivalent), and an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles. The EPA estimates that annual fuel costs will be only $500.

The range and efficiency of the Fit EV are attributable to the car’s lightweight design, aerodynamic exterior and smart power-train, which includes a 92 kW electric motor.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has received a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 112 mpg (equivalent).

When manufacturing and recycling processes in addition to fuel economy and tailpipe emissions are factored into the equation the Mitsubishi i-MiEV was considered to be the most environmentally friendly mass produced electric car in the world according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy crunched the numbers.

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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