While growing in options, the electric vehicle industry is slow growing in terms of quantity sold. This was expected by car manufacturers, especially considering infrastructure required to maintain electric vehicles is not yet prevalent. But the electric aspect of the vehicle industry is expected to grow significantly within a few years.
One of the more mainstream vehicles expected to increase the prevalence of electric vehicles was the Chevrolet Volt. Unfortunately, GM only registered approximately 4,000 Volt sales in 2011 when they expected at least 10,000 sales. Such is the tumultuous situation facing electric vehicles, largely due to concerns regarding the distance they can attain on a single charge and the lack of infrastructure across the U.S..
Despite these concerns, car manufacturers continue to unveil new models of electric vehicles and a recent new model may perk interest due to its miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). The Honda Fit EV is a battery-electric vehicle which is set to become available in California and Oregon this year and the East Coast in 2013. The number of vehicles available will be limited according to Honda. The vehicle has been specifically modeled in order to heighten range and miles per gallon equivalent.
The Environmental Protection Agency has given the Honda Fit EV its highest ever fuel economy rating at 118 miles per gallon equivalent. This beats out previous ratings electric vehicle MPGe, including the Ford Focus Electric with 105 MPGe and the Nissan Leaf with a rating of 99 MPGe. The Fit also beats competitors in terms of range with an estimated range of 82 miles before needing to be charged. The Ford Focus Electric has a range of 76 miles while the Nissan Leaf has a range of 73 miles.
The lithium-ion battery pack the Honda Fit EV is equipped with is said to be able to charge in approximately three hours using a 220-volt charger. The range and MPGe, however, are decreased with the use of such features as heat and air conditioning. They are also reduced by speeding and other forms of aggressive driving.