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Fleet Briefing: 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, Honda Fit EV, Nissan, Coulomb, GE, Coda

The 2012 Mitsubishi i electric vehicle has come first in the EPA’s list of “fuel sipper” vehicles, with miles per gallon equivalent of 112 combined, 126 city and 99 highway.

The 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, published this week by the EPA and Department of Energy, ranks fuel economy leaders within each vehicle category, from two-seaters to large SUVs. Each vehicle listing in the guide provides an estimated annual fuel cost, calculated based on the vehicle’s miles per gallon rating and national estimates for annual mileage and fuel prices.

Some of the other fuel economy leaders are as follows (where the most fuel efficient vehicle is a plug-in hybrid or electric, a conventional or regular hybrid vehicle is also listed):

  • Minicompact: Scion iQ
  • Subcompact: (as well as the i-MiEV), Chevy Sonic 5, Ford Fiesta FWD and Ford Fiesta SFE FWD
  • Compact: Chevy Volt, Honda Civic Hybrid
  • Midsize Cars: Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius
  • Large Cars: Hyundai Sonata
  • Minivans: Mazda 5

The online version of the guide allows purchasers to input their local gasoline prices and typical driving habits to receive a personalized fuel cost estimate. EPA and DOE will provide online updates of fuel economy information as more 2012 vehicles become available.

Honda has launched the 2013 Fit EV (pictured) at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and will begin leasing car in California and Orgeon next summer, Green Car Congress reports. Google, Stanford University and the City of Torrance, Calif., will test the Fit EV as part of Honda’s Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program.

The Fit EV is designed as an urban commuter car, with a driving range of about 123 miles per charge, and it can recharge in as little as three hours. It comes with a power meter that alerts drivers to optimal driving conditions. The car’s suggested retail price is $36,625, and Honda expects to produce about 1,100 Fit EVs over the next three years.

Nissan North America has integrated Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint Network into its own information systems, to provide a full list of Coulomb public charging locations via the Nissan website. The carmaker says the site is the most comprehensive listing of stations in the U.S., drivers the ability to find current and future charging stations, as well real-time charging station availability. The website also shows all public charging stations in the nation that have been documented by the Department of Energy.

Meanwhile, GE Energy Industrial Solutions has finalized a sale and distribution agreement with EV manufacturer CODA Automotive, which will give buyers a chance to bundle the GE WattStation Wall Mount level two EV charging station with their car purchase.

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