So, Honda says the Fit electric car is the baddest electric-mobility machine in the land with the consumption equivalent of a gasoline vehicle getting 118 mpg, combined (132 in the city and 105 on the highway). That apparently beats out electrics from Mitsubishi, Ford and, of course the Nissan Leaf, which is the oldest kid on the block with a 99-mpg combined government rating. But the best news out of all that is that the Environmental Protection Agency seems to have found a way to end the rather senseless portrayal of energy consumption in electrics in terms of miles per gallon. The current conversion involves a fixed power rate, which of course is a variable across the country, and a fixed rate for gasoline, which is also a variable across the country. Throw in climate differences that affect battery performance, as well as driving style, and there’s no hope that the EPA’s mpg conversions could ever be close to reality. That means the only reason for the rating is the comparison to other electrics, so why bother converting to mpg at all? And here’s the point: the EPA has assigned a kilowatt/100-mile rating to electrics that dials out variable costs. That, coupled with projected range, should make life much simpler.